Hello there, it’s Sister Saturday, I know you know that and it’s me Seal, and I know you know that too. I must be easy to recognize or something. Things have been going pretty good with me, at least for the most part. Some days are a little more challenging than others, but maybe that’s to be expected. Well, sometimes I expect it and sometimes I don’t.
What am I talking about? Being formerly feral, yes, formerly feral can be challenging sometimes. Brother Simon and I were 9 month old feral kitties when we were trapped by the human who became our Dad. Then we were carted off to some really scary place, woke up all drowsy and confused, and then got toted off to another place for some tests we didn’t understand. Needless to say, when we moved inside the big house we had a lot to learn. We spent our first year in the big bedroom behind a close door.
Actually, we’re both doing pretty good at the formerly feral thing, but there are a few things that happen everyone once in a while that awakens my inner feral. What are those things? Well, I’m glad you asked. Unusual noises or noises I don’t expect is one. Sometimes the Dad or Mom will bump into something and it makes a loud noise, that scares me. Yelling is another. Yelling? Yes, really. I know you’ll find this hard to believe but sometimes my Brother Simon gets into things he shouldn’t. If the Mom or Dad yells at him really loud I go scootin’ too. Something new or something out of place scares me too, like when the furniture got moved and the Christmas Tree appeared.
If those things happen I resort to my feral safety program and hide and avoid the Mom and Dad for about 2-1/2 days. Fortunately the Mom and Dad have figured this out and do everything they can to minimize those scary things. I appreciate it too, it helps, I don’t like being a scaredy cat. Is there anything in particular that scares you???
I hope you have a fantastic Saturday, see you soon! Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!
Well, nothing really scares me! But Boodie used to be really timid, and she was often “invisible” when company came over. She’s gotten braver with age (and now that she’s really old, she’s deaf too), so she almost never hides anymore.
2 and a half days sure is a while to hide. We only run from fire alarms and the vacuum. Some times the poop machines if their grimy hands get too close.
Things can be very scary for a feral cat. But you and Simon are doing really well. It takes a long time for a feral cat to trust us humans. You all have a great day.
Well other than those occasions where your former feral self shows through I’m glad you’ve been able to adjust. Your face, Seal, as a matter of fact is indeed very identifiable, and I mean that in a good way. To answer your scared question- about the only thing that scares me is when dad runs around in his underwear. Or when he sings. Or when he’s trying to be funny. Or when he makes mom mad. Or…
Sister Seal, I’m glad you told us. We want to know how you both are doing and this was something that I, Katie, was curious about..how you both had adapted to being inside totally. And as a cat, I am not surprised that those particular things are a big issue with you. And I also understand your mom or dad having to shout occasionally to get you both to stop an unsafe or otherwise, behavior. My mom has had to do that to all of the kitties who came before, and me too on rare occasion. I hope that after… Read more »
It’s not like we want to be a scary cat, but sometimes it happens to cats and shy people. Creatures of habit really says it all. Have a good weekend.
Hi Seal! It’s me, Tylan. Kleenex used to scare me really bad! When I first got here, the Mom would pull a tissue out of the box to wipe my eye, and I would try to bolt away! The Mom lady still doesn’t know *why* I was so scared of Kleenex, but now I just let her wipe my eye, and it turns out, it isn’t so bad after all! It only takes a second, and then she pats me on the head and tells me what a good boy I am! Hopefully with some time, these things will be… Read more »
Of Sista Seal…I hear you!! a place for everything and everything in its place.
Felines do like their routine!!! Angel Milky-way was very fearful of sudden noises too….Diva Angel Madi could have cared less about noise.
Hugs Cecilia aka Ceal
Noelle is afraid of the doorbell. We’re glad you and your Mom and Dad know what bothers you and can help minimize those things.
The Florida Furkids
Sweet, beautiful Sister Seal – you are recognizable because you are so uniquely striking – we love you beautiful girl! We have former ferals at our house and they run and hide for the very same reasons that you do. But they love treats too much to hide for very long – MOL!
Seal, loud noises scare Izzy, too. Sometimes, when we’re all on the couch with Mom, she’ll just say something in a normal voice and he’ll rocket away! Maybe he too was a feral when he was very little, we don’t know and he hasn’t said. But it would explain too why he has to eat every morsel of food in sight!
There are many things that scare me too. I’m glad the mom and dad take great care to minimize scary stuff. They are really good human parents.
Have a purrfect Sister Saturday. My best to your thoughtful peeps. ♥
No worries, Sister Seal. We think loud and unexpected noises should put us on alert. Lightning is afraid of a lot of things too, but with the years, his fears have abated quite a bit. We bet the same will be true for you. Now Brother Simon, is he afraid of things too? We are guessing that there isn’t much that bothers him:)
Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber
I’m sure it took some time to get used to everything. At least they know and try to keep the scary noises down to a minimum.
Maybe as you get a little older, some of those things won’t scare you quite as much as they do now. I don’t like yelling, but that’s rarely done around here. But I really do not like things that have shrill beeps. I don’t mind the microwave beep (food’s coming) but when we lose power and the house alarm and battery power supplies start chirping, that really freaks me out. I have one other thing that scare me, but maybe I’ll save that for a blog post (I need something to write about).
Don’t worry Seal, you are doing great!
Did yoo know that most of us at Wonderpurr.com are feral? Formerly feral? Kinda still feral? All except Wabbit, we come from a neighborhood cat colony. We found our mom cuz she leaves noms out for the raccoons…and any strays that come along. Jack is currently our most feral. We act normal…until the Bad Box comes out and that means going to the vet. Or if Mom decides we need our nails trimmed. That’s when we return to Feral with a capital F. But life is good and quiet. Not too many door bells ringing or strangers coming inside. Mom… Read more »
Seal, our mom is in love with this gorgeous photo of your. We sure hope you eventually come more accustomed to noises and changes around the house. Some of us know what a big adjustment it is. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer
We all get scared at some point. It’s good that you have a hiding spot to go relax until you think it’s safe to come out. You and Simon looked to be so happy and doing very well after being a feral kitty. Thanks for the share. Have a great weekend.
Goro is scared of fireworks and Niko is afraid of vacuum. Loud noise are scary for sure. Your pawrents are very caring to try to minimize scary things for you. xo
you’re looking sorta wild eyed there, Seal, like you want to make a run for it now 🙂 you know, I’m a bit like you too. I still get scared by loud noises and when the mom lady here moves around too fast. we both have forevers to get used to things, so no real worries, right? have a great weekend!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw Seal, you be lookin’ so bootyful. We don’t like screamin’ either. We don’t think it scares us so much as we just don’t like the volume of the sound. It kind’a hurts ours sensitive ears. Don’t worry, you’ve got great pawrents who luv you very mucn. Big hugs
Dezi and Raena
Our cat Horizon is a former feral, and he’s still a very scaredy cat. He got out of the house three times after being brought in, each time coming back looking sorrier and more beat up than the time before. Now he knows to stay in, mostly in the big bedroom, and he hides under the bed, mostly from me (he knows i brush him and give him meds when he needs them).
Brody and Trouble go into hiding when we have guests, but nothing else seems to scare anyone.
Seal, you have come a long way and are doing remarkably well for being formerly feral. I have the feeling as time goes by you’ll become more and more accustomed to everything that’s going on around you and you’ll hide less and less and for a shorter and shorter time.
Our Siamese, Floki, acts like a former feral sometimes but he and his siblings were found in a box behind Walmart when he was very young. Even so, he gets nervous pretty easy.
I’m glad your parents are so in tuned to what scares you and keeps it to a minimum. Mudpie is pretty fearless, fortunately!
Our kitty Sam isn’t scared of anything, but our pup Luke is scared of a lot of things, and he wasn’t ever even feral! We have to tread lightly with him too, but sometimes things happen that we can’t prevent. Even if you hide out for a bit, the important thing is that you remember in time that you are in a safe place and very loved.
Tuiren gets really upset if people yell at her. Yinny doesn’t like going to the vet her inner feral comes out and she is a fighter, The rest of us are pretty chill although Chimera has some odd habits. She will not eat when the other cats are eating but waits until they are finished (she doesn’t want to eat in a room by herself though), she also tries to cover everything up her food, her water, her toys etc.
You sound a lot like Pocket She does not like unexpected noises either.
I don’t scare. I’ve seen and heard everything in the streets. If yelling scared me, I’d avoid TW like the plague. On the contrary, I like to bite her to hear how loud she can yell. Heh heh. I didn’t even scare that time TW fell loudly. I ran over to see if she she OK. OK, I do go into my office UTB when computer comes although lately I’ve been greeting them with hisses at the door.
We hear ya, Seal. Ava gets a little scared by sudden movements or loud and unexpected noises, too. She wasn’t feral, but lived in an attic without much interaction for 9 months before she wound up at PAWS before we adopted her.
Sister Seal you really are a totally adorable girl…..those big eyes are mesmerizing (or should I say mesmerEYEsing????). Being formerly feral just means you are living the good life but you still have those feral traits which are a part of YOU.
Seal, we like hearing about how you and Simon are adjusting to being indoor cats.
We are indoor cats and our place is pretty quiet so when other people come in, we do the hiding thing sometimes. While it may take some getting used to, we bet you like being indoors better 😉
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
That is such a beautiful of you, Seal! Thank you for explaining to us the challenges of being formerly feral. None of us have experienced anything like it, so it was really interesting. And we are so glad that your status is formerly!
Trash bags, vacuum cleaner and strange voices, especially of men, or women with deep voices, scare me. Granny’s angel Angel tought me to be scared for that, but I’m getting used to it…not to the vaccuum, though😸You’ll be fine, sister Seal, and you have the looks not to be scared of anything😺Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday🐾😽💞
I’m sure you will slowly lose your feralisms altogether.
We are easily scared like you, even if we’ve never been real feral, but we were used to live outdoor when we were kittens before we went to live at Claire and Momo’s home. Purrs
Guess what? My Auntie just adopted a Siamese kitty from a shelter a week or so ago. You both have the same markings. His name is Merlin, so I think he must know some magic. Your eyes sure are pretty — like two little crystal balls, so I think you are magical, too.
Awww, I’m sorry Sister Seal that you get so scared sometimes you hide for 2 1/2 days. That’s a long time to hide.
Seal, how wonderful that your humans are attuned to your needs so very well! When Angel and Chuck were kittens, they would hide under the bed. So, we took away the bed stand, and put it on the floor…no more hiding where we couldn’t reach them.