You’ve all met MiniMo so it’s time to meet her mother and namesake, Mosby. Mosby was born to Mama in the early days, before we accepted that we needed to start trapping and neutering the feral cats that kept coming out of the woods.
Mosby earned her name for her behavior and her appearance. She was an elusive and skittish cat for much of her life. Her personality plus her gray color reminded me of The Gray Ghost, a television show from back in my childhood. For those too young to remember, that show was about Colonel John Mosby, an officer in the Confederate Army. If any cat was a gray ghost, it was Mosby in her early days.
As Mosby matured she became more comfortable around us but she maintained a respectful distance. She spent most of her time hanging out with her daughter and doppelgänger, MiniMosby, or MiniMo for short. As MiniMo matured it became more and more difficult to tell mother and daughter apart, although MiniMo stayed slightly smaller than Mosby. They were so close that we were concerned for MiniMo when Mosby was gone, but MiniMo quickly adjusted and made new friends.
Here’s a quick MiniMo update. She continues to surprise us and is doing well as my office cat. We expected her to want back outside as soon as the weather warmed but it’s now been nearly 4 months since the February freeze. She has turned down all open-door offers. We set up a perch for her by a southwest facing window and she enjoys looking out and watching the world go by, but that’s as close as she wants to get to life outside. It’s like she had enough adventure in her first 12 years and is ready for some peace and quiet.
MiniMo is answering the “Can a feral cat become domesticated” question with a qualified yes. She immediately took to using a litter box and has gone from tolerating only a light touch before swatting at our hand (only 4 months ago) to wanting to be petted and rubbed behind the ears. She enjoys afternoon playtime with Loretta and clearly appreciates attention. But lap time or safely picking her up is still in the future. It may never happen.
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