Corrina Lawson

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He's a very handsome boy, but you're right: he looks sooooo worried. Fingers crossed he eventually figures out he's landed in clover and comes out of his shell.

He does manage to get a lot into that facial expression, doesn't he?

A friend recommended this calming collar for him:

Here's hoping it works.

In the meantime, a cat with similar markings but a white chest and belly was just sitting on my deck, staring at me. He seemed to be a bit angry with me, somehow. He's even bigger than Ghost. I'd trap him but I don't have the $$ needed to neuter & release.

oops - you haven't 'catnapped' his relative have you?

Is there a local stray cat place that would come and collect Bigger Version of Ghost Sitting on Deck - or would they put him down?

I had that exact though, I'd catnapped his relative!

There is a colony of cats about the neighborhood that are probably feral, so it's not entirely impossible that they're related. I'm not sure how much long-term memory cats have. He might have concluded his buddy/packmate was last seen here.

Or, more likely, he's looking for the food we used to put out.

Our local animal people would just put him down. The lady doesn't like doing that, so she leaves the feral cats alone. I wish there was a local trap and release program but, alas, not. Still, if the cats are growing this size, clearly they are thriving in some manner.

I've heard good things about pheromone collars and plug-ins, so fingers crossed that works. Assuming you can get the color on him, of course.

He's beautiful!

It's interesting because total strays tend to be very lean--even if big--but he's a nice big cat and with a nice coat (although I'm sure that's also because he is been well taken care of since you took him in!).

That he doesn't meow may speak to poor socialization; "meow" is, from what I understand, a cat's vocalization for interacting with humans specifically. But he may also just be a quiet kitty. That he isn't completely bitey (apart from fear at the start) and pissy (literally, even after being fixed) would suggest that he isn't completely feral... but yeah, maybe abused.

Coons tend to get the ear tufts and ruffs even if not pureblooded. I've seen other American shorthair tabbies that are enormous of their own accord.

He was in very good shape when we found him--he's a bit fatter now and his course is softer but that's why I was bitten the first time. He looked so healthy that I thought i had trapped somebody's pet and opened the trap to have a look.

Then he escaped in my laundry room, I tried to grab him (stupid!) and got bitten.

He eats all his food and uses the litter box. But he seems convinced people will hurt him. I've never had a feral before so I don't know if this is typical but I'd think if he was truly feral, he'd be hissy and growly whenever we went close to him. But he's not. It's only when you move beyond the chin & ears or try to shift him that he hisses or bites.

The only true ferals I know of are really growly, yeah.

As he comes to realize you are here to take care of him, he will likely become a quite devoted cat. My dad's cat was a former mistreated barn cat who spent quite a lot of time on her own... and she is the sweetest cat ever.

Ghost is a beautiful boy! He looks very healthy, and hopefully he'll be moving into happy soon. ;D

I'd think that he'd continue to improve when he sees that he can trust you/your family not to hurt him.

We had a bunch of feral cats (well, Momma Cat was completely and fiercely feral, the kittens weren't that bad) years ago, and one of them was a monster as far as size. We named him Beast, after the x-man. lol.

Hoping that "Jacob Ghost" will come 'round to your thinking - or close enough for mutual comfort - in the days ahead...

He's gorgeous, and good for you taking him in and being so patient. I hope he settles down and becomes comfortable fast (and is less bitey).

Congratulations on the new cat! He looks great! (I may be a bit biased since he looks a lot like Baxter.) So how big is he? Did the vet weigh him?

Good luck with the collar. I'm trying a nebulizer to acclimate my cats and I haven't noticed a big effect so far, plus it ran out after about three weeks, but maybe it takes time.

The bathroom sounds like a great way to gradually acclimate him. I wish that I'd tried that with some of my strays, but I usually had too many. And I agree with you and DQ. He doesn't sound like a feral cat, just one that didn't fully acclimatize or got abandoned. So he should come around.

Keep us posted!

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