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Just thought I’d give you an update plus any advice would be great! Tuki disappeared which is a shame so I really don’t know what happened to her – she would turn up every night to be fed but one day never showed up and hasnt been seen since. Unfortunately the local councils animal control came in and destroyed the stray cats that where hanging around the local shops – so unfortunately I never had the chance to do anything more about them. The one cat I did trap from there I’ve had for nearly a year now. He is now called Klein and I had to take him out of the room I originally had him in because he was just going crazy in there and has been living an outside enclosure ever since (basically a small garden shed with a walk-in avairy flight attached and safety door). For the first couple of months he would hide in the shed during the day and only come outside at night when he thought nobody was around. Its taken me about 8 months just to be able to touch him but he is now coming up to me happily to be petted and stroked but picking him up is still out of the question. I want to move him into a larger enclosure though – I have a large planted 8x6meter avairy available. Would it be better to put him in there or leave him in the smaller one he is in and is comfortable with? My aim is to eventually take him inside and get him tame enough to be a pet but I already have the two other ferals Zambezi and Calypso Im still working with inside that I want to get 100% tame first and my Burmilla Cindy is already not impressed about those two – she hasnt got in any fights but certainly hisses and gives the others the odd swat if they get to close to her. She already hisses at Klein though the wire of his outside enclosure too. Is there anything I can do to help Cindy be happier about the other cats? Also when do you think I can let Calypso and Zambezi outside – I’m scared they will run away and never come back! They are now over a year old and are really friendly with me, follow me around and happily explore the whole house (except the kitchen) but they still run and hide with loud noises and guests. They will come to my partner too but Zambezi is still cautious around him and Calypso has developed the tendancy to smooch around his legs and then suddenly bite him! Zambezi still hides away during the day unless I call him out but his is fine at night. They will not go in the kitchen at all but I think thats because of all the noisy appliences and the fact that my 3 noisy dogs are always outside the kitchen window when they want inside. Ive had Calypso and Zambezi for over a year now though – do I risk letting them outside yet?

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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