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  1. He reminds me of Monty in his play and reactions to stimulation. Monty caught and ate a bird the other day. My husband put him on a diet. One of Monty’s shelves which act as steps up to his suspended walkways pulled out from the wall. Jeff fixed it and said, “This is not rated for a twenty pound cat!” I said, “But Monty is only 12.5 pounds.” Jeff gave me that look and said that since the recommendation is one ounce per pound of body weight he should be fed ten ounces of food per day. I said that his cans are 5.5 ounces each so how about eleven ounces per day? This was the agreed upon amount and any tuna, salmon or sardines he eats are to be deducted from the total amount of canned cat food he gets.

    Monty reacted to this reduction in food as if we were torturing him. Finally, seeing no further food was coming, he dejectedly went outside. A long time passed without me seeing him, and it was raining– a steady, though not too hard, rain that would surely have soaked him through. I found him next to the back porch, just out of my sight from in the house, hunched over a dead bird in the rain, eating it. He had eaten most of it and was completely drenched, soaked to the skin as he sat there. He came in with me then but gave me a look that said it all– “You forced me to have to hunt, get mouthful after mouthful of feathers while working hard to tear the little bit meat off the bones, while getting all wet out here– don’t you feel bad?”

    I had just been thinking it said that I had destroyed Monty’s natural instinct to eat his prey by feeding him so much.

    • Sad, I meant sad. I felt like I had decreased Monty’s essential catness somehow by providing all his food. My childhood pets caught most of their own food and what we fed was like a supplement to their diets of mice, moles, voles and shrews with the occasional bird or bunny thrown in.

  2. HE IS AWESOME AND IS GROWING SO FAST.YES CATS LIKE HIGH PLACES-HIGHER THE BETTER-I HAVE A KITTEN SITTING ON MY HEAD RIGHT NOW–I TOOK A DONATION TO OUR SHELTER TODAY AND ALL THE KITTIES HAD FOUND HOMES -ALL BUT ONE LITTLE 8 WEEK OLD BLACK ONE- HE WAS SITTING ALL ALONE-NOW HE IS RUNNING ALL OVER MY HOUSE AND SITTING ON MY HEAD-

    • Bless you for looking after this little black kitten. Gabriel is indeed growing up fast. He can attempt jumps between pieces of furniture which he was unable to do before. He has lots of energy to burn up and I feel that my responsibilities are to allow him to burn up in the energy and to be stimulated by the things that interest him.

  3. Wao I loved the video and I could feel that he is a kitten liking to do many tasks without the help of any MASTER 😉 and his behavior is a bit angry boy alike. But it can be controlled by taming him good way and with half cooked raw food, Yup! Chicken necks are best if a little bit cooked and with a mix of dry food. But let him be a bit hungry not fully fatty boy.

    Michael! you are doing good, and if you wanna bring him out then I can remember one of your sharing about cat prams. That was a good idea, a unique one, actually letting a feral outside means to let him be feral again because that is in their DNA, it is my experience. Though they come back but not like a pet but only for the need of food.

    Depends on your training now, and I may say thousand thanks for sharing Gabriel videos or photos because these never get us bored but very excited and happy.

    Live long both of you and God bless you both out there <3 ameen. LOVE YOU GABRIEL <3 <3 <3

    • thank you Ahsan. Gabriel is doing very well and I like to see him expressing all the usual desires. I feel that the most difficult challenge for me going forward will be to keep him interested and stimulated. That, ultimately, will mean allowing him to experience the stimulations of the outside. And I may well do as you suggest and buy one of those cat strollers. I doubt whether there are more than half a dozen of them in the United Kingdom! But it will allow him to be stimulated by the outside, the sounds and smells, while being safe. Other than that, I will train him to walk on a lead. In the summer, I may purchase a large portable outside enclosure which I can set up in the back garden here. I could then sit with him and watch him in the enclosure and for example work on the website at the same time.

  4. Wow, his wildcat like markings really go with this behavior, huh? Glad to see he is adapting. I get why you’re a bit leary to let him out and I don’t know your neighborhood, but I would consider walking him on a leash. I bet he would start bring the leash to you everyday and you’d both get a bit of exercise.

      • Furby sleeps on the one in Laura’s room every night. He can’t sleep with her because he still hasn’t learned to retract his claws when he uses her as a launching pad. So several of the boys stay in her room while she sleeps on the sofa bed. They have the tree plus a rocking chair plus a padded box on a table looking out at the bird feeders.

    • I can’t let him yet DW. Too scared for him. Too protective like a mother fussing over her child 😉 . I will take him out in due course on a lead because it is too dangerous here to let him roam. I’ll figure something out so he can enjoy the outside and get maximum mental stimulation.

        • Thank you Eliza for that good advice. You are quite fond of chicken necks! Actually, now you mention it I should get him used to raw cat food as soon as possible. In fact, this is the time when I can do lots of things so that he feels comfortable with doing them such as wearing a harness and leash and eating raw food.

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