Friday, August 1, 2008
Formerly Feral Friday - Chloe
This is Chloe speaking. Since it is Formerly Feral Friday, I will share a story about me. When Ambrose and I were kittens, and Mommy was trying to get us accustomed to being indoor kitties, she would spend as much time as possible on weekends luring us indoors and letting us eat lots of good food, play with lots of fun toys, and use (play in) the litter box. She called it Kittenfest and Kitty Charm School. We had a lot of fun, and so did Mommy. At first she always left the back door propped open a little, because we freaked out when it was closed. When she thought we were comfortable enough indoors, and too many mosquitos were making their way inside, she decided to start closing the door. When I first discovered that the door was shut, I panicked and searched desperately for an escape route. I could hear and smell the outdoors through the screen door, so I jumped really high and tried to jump out the screen. Unfortunately, the screen just catapulted me right back indoors. I picked myself up, regained my composure, and tried again. It happened again! Mommy was shocked. It looked like a scene from a cartoon. A tiny kitten bouncing off a screen door. It was hilarious, but Mommy knew I was jumping with a lot of force, so I might hurt myself. She hurried to the door to open it, but before she could, I had jumped into the screen and bounced back indoors another two times. I didn't hurt myself, but it made it clear that making a feral kitty into an indoor kitty was not going to be easy. Eventually Mommy was able to close the door with me inside without giving me a panic attack when I was about four months old. Mommy tries very hard to make Ambrose and me full-time indoor kitties, but sometimes when she's not fast enough shutting the door, I sneak outside to play (as you can see from the photo above).