Or, as MST3K would have put it, “We have meezer sign!”
Since we brought her inside, MM has spent most of the time either in the condo or the milk crate.
Make that “most of the time when we’ve been awake”. She’s definitely more nocturnal than the rest of the gang. Not surprising, really, given her previous living conditions.
We haven’t been worried about her, particularly. We knew she’d have a long, slow adjustment to the new surroundings. But we did have a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago when her appetite dropped off significantly. But after a couple of days, she did a little hurking in the corner of the cage and then started eating more. So we modified her diet a bit–more water mixed into her gooshy fud–and she’s back to her previous eating habits.
But about that breakthrough:
Suddenly, she’s taking more of an interest in us, and is beginning to experiment with eating while we’re still in the room. A few days ago, she came out of the condo and started eating while I was cleaning her box. A couple of days after that, she came partway out: head and shoulders exposed so she could reach the bowl while leaving her tail and butt protected.
Parenthetically, if you check her lower back in the picture above, you’ll see some tufts of white hair. She may have some scarring there, which could explain why she’s protective of her backside. However, it’s equally likely that she’s just going through some heavy shedding. We’re currently in a heatwave and temperatures in that room are routinely hitting in the upper 80s and lower 90s.
Anyway, on Wednesday evening, she decided she needed to supervise the box cleaning. You can see a corner of the box at the lower left of the picture to give you a sense of how close she was to me.
I don’t think she was pleased.
But the box did get cleaned without any hissing–from either of us–and without any sign that she wanted to retreat to her safe places.
There are plenty of milestones remaining, but we’re very pleased to see her passing this one.
Next up: either coming out of the cage to explore the room, or eating with us present on a regular basis. We’ve seen both paths before, and we’re curious to see which way she goes.
Hoo-Rah! A hiss-free breakthrough!
Not that all is sunshine and fresh tuna. She did greet me with a hiss when I looked in on her this morning.
But she did start eating while Maggie and I were in the room last night, so we’re not displeased with her progress.