put the food on the deck up on a table so hopefully we would avoid
the wild critters. A modest amt was eaten Wednesday night and someone
ate more during the daytime yesterday! But last night was the best.
Someone left a floury paw print on the flat top edge of the bowl,
just like Libby always placed her paw while eating. It was definitely
not the print of a possum, raccoon or skunk. It looked like a cat
print of a petite paw like Libby's. It was the only print we could
discern. The canned food bowl was neatly eaten, almost cleanly,
and more dry food was eaten, also in a neat manner.
- we reach out to you this morning with the very good news that
Libby is operating right on her own deck. We set up watch last night
and at about 10:40 p.m., just after my husband started his "shift",
she shot onto the deck, from the end that she left from 36 dys earlier,
in full alert mode. She was an inch from the ground, moving rapidly
but frequently stopping at every sound or perceived threat. She
moved onto the deck hugging the railing, abt 15', then she shot
over to the table where the food has been.
also been experimenting with a mirror arrangement that will allow
us to see into the kitchen, through the doorway onto the deck, from
a vantage point on the second floor of the house. We're guessing
that we'll need this arrangement when the time comes to try closing
the door behind Libby, as there's no good place to watch without
being so close that we'd scare Libby away. Anyway, we decided to
leave the mirror arrangement in place and watch from the second
floor. Libby appeared on the deck about 9:15, and surveyed the scene
for several minutes, then went through pretty much the same behavior
as the night before ran along the railing to the back of
the deck, jumped onto the table, and had dinner, all in her Complete
Cover mode. We had binoculars with us, so we were able to get a
pretty good look. It is definitely Libby, and she appears to be
pretty much in one piece; no obvious injuries at least.
Pauline joy of joys we got up this morning and she
was sitting in the living room! The table was right at the door
and she had just walked in. [NOTE:
The table where food was place was originally 10 ft from the door.
Over a period of 5 days, Lyn and James moved the table and food
closer and closer to the door. All this time the door was left open
at night with food inside the door, so it was only when the table
was RIGHT AT the door, that Libby entered the door on her own.]
is in pretty good shape. She weighs 7lb 10 oz, and probably weighed
abt 9 lbs 42 days ago. She has at lst one fight wound and her long
coat is matted up with these little burr like things. She was covered
on the wound and the little burrs, I am going to speculate on where
she was and I think it is the area that my husband caught a fleeting
glance on abt Day 18. Of all the areas that we searched, that was
the only area where I too picked up the little burrs. This would
have been three houses away, or abt 2/10s of a mile, no resident
dogs or cats and very quiet since that neighbor travels alot and
except for a periodic cleaning person, had been on the road for
the entire 6-wks that we searched. It is also an area that we trapped
and had someone eating frm the traps in a manner that suggested
the animal knew how traps worked. It is also in the vicinity of
where I think I spied her on Day 8, or two houses away from the
burr area, probably another 1/10 of a mile or so. what got her back
to our neck of the woods, literally, I further speculate was a fight.
She may have got run out of someone else's territory. Or, once we
started trapping the wild critters, decided the pickings were too
thin. If only she could tell us where she's been...........
now she is acting like she did aftr the PA 8-day adventure and like
many other cats have been described on the web site: Still very
fearful, dead tired, hungry, and periodically wanting attention.
She will cry these little chirppy cries and want to be held and
have her head patted, at which time she purrs lightly. We have not
let the pep squad up frm the basement for now since they will not
recognize her at first.
will take her to the vet today and stay home from work so that she
is not alone.
you were an answer to our prayers and I do not think we would have
had her back without you. We will be eternally grateful, especially
because you helped us so much on your vacation. I will continue
to visit the web site and if I ever get the ezboard figured out,
try to respond to others. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Let us
know how we can help you now.