Friday, April 26, 2013

a boy and his outside cats (part II)

So, let me see, where did I leave off on telling the story of the amazing events of Wednesday afternoon...

Oh, that's right, I had gotten out the trap for a photo shoot and Oliver was checking it out.

And then suddenly another black cat appeared!

It's Pierre!!!!

Look at that tail! 

He looks like he owns the place!

I've never seen Pierre so brazen and looking so chill about it all. Wow!

I thought I would give him a try with the string, maybe he would want to play?

Yep, he LOVED playing string!! For thirty glorious minutes we played string.

Seeing Pierre at ease with me in the yard delighted my soul. Getting to play with him up close was such a gift!! I was beaming from head to toe and truth be told, I'm still beaming! 

There's something about winning the trust of a feral cat that brings me such joy. Cats are made for giving and receiving love, the wild ones just have to move through their fears so they can be free to fully experience the loves they were built for. (I actually believe the same is true for humans.)

I often look down at the black blob of purring kitty putty in my lap and I remember the time when Oliver didn't trust me. He would run from the yard anytime I came outside. Oliver was my first experience with a wild cat and I was a bit reluctant on trusting him too, I feared getting bit. Oh how things have changed! Now his face lights up when he sees me (and truth be told, my face lights up too when I see him!) and he comes running over to me. It seems Pierre is following in his daddy's paw-steps. It's only a matter of time before Pierre is competing with Oliver for lap snuggles!


  1. YES!!!!
    That is fabulous...the minute you earn trust...fabulous!
    Jane x

  2. beautiful panthers!!! that is so wonderful. makes me wish I lived somewhere a little quieter and could try all this with our girl Allie. :)

  3. Wow, Pierre! That was fantastic!

    You know, the love you feel for them shines through so clearly in your posts, it's always a joy to visit. :-)

  4. That's so satisfying! We had such a good laugh at how straight Pierre held his tail up. So funny!

  5. This made me so happy too! I love to see when they start trusting and letting you get closer. That Pierre is a gorgeous guy but you know Oliver has my heart! What a sweet boy he is and now his son coming along also. You are so good with these guys!
    hugs, Linda

  6. Just so cool there are no words. Now just who is luckier, happier, loved more, you or the kitties? Thanks for loving these kitties & for sharing them.

  7. I love people who take care of stray and feral kitties! Oliver and Pierre are such handsome cats :)

  8. We just love success stories like this and so look forward to the day when Pierre will go into the house with you and be a lap sitter. I know it will happen in time.,

  9. Love wins over time, every time. These boys know how much you love them and trust you. Such a joyous story! I'll never forget the first time our feral mama cat let me pet her. It was a red letter day like the one you had.

  10. Oliver is a good example for Pierre and I can actually vision you beaming from head to toe while playing with Pierre: earning the trust of a feral cat is just beyond awesome! You are an angel for your yard cats :)

  11. That is so wonderful and it sure made our hearts smile too!

  12. That is excellent! Is Pierre and Oliver related?
    Yous gots some great shots!

  13. What a great fun day you had with coming closer to socializing Pierre. Good luck. Hope you have many more positive encounters. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  14. Pierre is a beauty! Of course Oliver would have a handsome son. That was a great story. I am glad Oliver is warming up to you. For you and him. I hope he learns to trust you more. You are probably one of the safest humans for him to warm up to. Good luck with Pierre.


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