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Oldwoman's blog "Minor breakthrough with Earl Grey " (22 August 2019)

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A stray cat we call Earl Grey has been coming to eat here in our conservatory for perhaps 2 years now. So far at least he has never threatened my cats. He is very shy and careful. He creeps around, eats and creeps out again unseen. I only know that he has been here, because the food dishes are empty. My cats never eat all the food in one go like that.

I feed my cats in the conservatory, but when I go out shopping or anywhere, I don't leave cat food lying around in there because of Aggie. She would go ballistic, if she saw Earl Grey trespassing while I was out.

When I returned from the shops today, I saw Earl Grey in the conservatory looking for food. When he saw me, he retreated but stopped and waited by the outside door. I showed him a bowl of food, put it on the conservatory table and returned into the house.

Earl Grey came back inside and ate the food. Afterwards he seemed to want to settle down near Tondo, but unfortunately Aggie got a whiff of him and barked. He slinked off in his usual leisurely manner.

I feel very pleased that Earl Grey trusted me enough to come back after seeing me. This is the first time ever he hasn't run away from me. I don't suppose Aggie will ever accept him, but it doesn't really matter. She doesn't usually notice him creeping around.

The poor boy is looking somewhat on the skinny side, but not alarmingly so. He has a tuft of fur sticking out of his back, so perhaps he has been in a fight. It's a tough life for the strays even in a moderate country like England.

#2419 188 days ago
Oh yes. Difficult cat's life is on the loose. It would be perfect, if he could get caught and could be examined by a veterinarian. He is also worth castrating so that he does not reproduce. I don't know what it looks like in England, but in Poland, from the budget of individual cities, money is allocated for sterilization of free-living cats. There are various foundations and shelters in Polish cities that provide assistance in catching and possible treatment, if necessary.
  188 days ago 
I am happy ,and cats knows also what time to eat,and what time you will be there to feed him
  188 days ago 
These are free-living cats, under the care of the Katowice Cats Foundation For some time I will write more about these cats, and I will add more pictures.
  188 days ago 
I would not mind paying for his castration, Joanna, but I don't think it's would be entirely simple to do. For one, he would probably go completely berserk, if he was caged. I don't wish that on him and he would never trust me again. The other thing is his own defence. He wonders around a huge territory. If he was castrated, he would lose his status in the feral community. I am afraid it would leave him defenceless. If he ever becomes tame enough to come and live with us properly, I will have him neutered. Doing it before that seems unfair on him.
  188 days ago 
Yes, Arline, I think animals have a built in clock, when it comes to dinner time.
  187 days ago 
I think you are right marta..ti-gris was a confident territorial cat before his castration..Now, he runs under the car when he sees another cat approach..He is fearful of them...there are 2 ways of looking at the situation...leaving him uneutered means many fights to earn the right to copulate, which means unwanted kittens and physical injury to himself and others....................Neutering him still leaves him at the mercy of other males, diminishing his chances of fighting back........At least earl gray still looks healthy and in pretty good shape...may as well leave him as he is for now
  187 days ago 
Thanks for your advice, Suzanne. It's much appreciated.
  187 days ago 
Earl Gray knows he can get a feed at your house Marta , so good to here he has trust in you now xxx
  187 days ago 
My experience with dogs is positive, Zara is special and I will never find a dog of such a good nature, but both Lana and Poodle Dina have been well accepted by cats. It would have been nice if Aggie had allowed at least a patio if not into the house. Life is difficult for a stray cat, not only because of the weather but also because of humans, traffic, dogs, hunger and poison.
  187 days ago 
step by step he's looking for a home, and he will get it... your home
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I am so happy that you are feeding this boy and I am sure with patience you will win his trust. Its so hard for kitties to survive outside. Our last two kitties came during a bitterly cold winter with sub zero temps...our hearts hurt knowing they were out there, so we live trapped them...they are both wonderful girls now  
#2433 187 days ago
I don't think I could cope with a trapped scared cat. I will take him in if he becomes tame.
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Fozzy Bear (ups98)
What a handsome cat.  So glad he is learning to trust you and come back.  Has a great day.
#2420 187 days ago
He is a very handsome guy. The photo doesn't do him justice.
  187 days ago 
So nice of you to feed him and while there he is safe. Here in the US there are allot of people that work with stays, they trap, they fix, give shots and release them in the same area, trying to keep the stray population down. Sometimes with the kittens they will take them in to see if they are tame enough to get them adopted. I think it is a good thing
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I'm happy that Earl Grey has you to feed him.  And I'm sure he will grow more trust.  It's a hard life for stray cats and so good when there can be nice humans to help them.
In the almost 30 years I've lived in my house, I've had stray cats appear, I would feed them for a stretch of time, and then they would disappear again, never to be seen again.
#2425 187 days ago
It can be heartbreaking.
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How wonderful that he trusts you enough to accept the food. Strays do have a hard life. It took me months for one of my past stray cats to trust me, and later on he became an inside cat.
#2424 187 days ago
Yes, I feel ridiculously pleased with his progress today.
  187 days ago 
Fantastic news that Earl Grey is beginning to trust you. Just leave him as he is - he needs all his natural defences while he's a stray. Tondo won't be a problem to him as he's neutered. And - if Aggie doesn't see him around - he might become even tamer. He's such a lovely boy. Two big toms used to come with Gini, when she was a small feral kitten for food. One would have been her father no doubt. Couldn't get too near them, but they kept coming. We managed to tame Gini enough to eventually "adopt" her.
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