was very sick when he was rescued. It was late January & a
colder- & snowier-than-usual winter. He was about 4-5 months
old & very feral. The poor guy could barely get one clear
breath without sputtering, sniffling & hacking. His eyes & nose
were a mess of fluids.
though he was very weak & sick, Alfie would put up a mighty
fuss & frantically tear around his crate when I'd approach
it. He was even less receptive to being socialized. I'd lift
out his carrier, set it on the crate & slowly put my heavily
protected leather-welding-gloved hand near him. Poor Alfie'd
glare, hiss, spit, growl, scratch & lash out at the glove.
But I was persistent.
a while I began slowly touching him with the glove, which he
hated, & gently petting his back, which he loathed. Later
I began to press a little more firmly with the glove when petting
him & put the glove under his belly & chest a little
to get him used to being handled. This he detested.
few days later I began pulling Alfie out of the carrier to sit
on my lap. He didn't like this exercise either. He braced his
legs inside the carrier so I anchored it down with bungee cords & removed
the door to get him out. Once in my lap, wrapped snuggly in a
thick towel for both of our safety, he quickly relaxed & looked
around. Soon he was even purring! But he had a long way to go
to feel truly at ease & comfortable.
a while I let him explore the training room (even
back in his crate was tricky). Niko would come in & show
Alfie how to play with a string & they'd wrassle & get
Alfie became healthy & relaxed. Turns out he is the
sweetest of sweetie pies. He'll jump up on a cat tree & if
I lean close he'll rub his cheek on my nose, both sides. He even
lets me hold him for a quick cuddle when he's in the mood. He's
very playful & has a high-pitched squeak for a meow. Oh,
and a voracious appetite. The big extra thumbs on his polydactyl
paws enable him to scoop up cat food & literally eat with
his hands. Alfie's a wonderful Former Feral Success Story!
• Alfie before
he was rescued
• The colony Alfie
was rescued from