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Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz

I'm not sure that Merle qualifies for the category of "domesticated animals" :giggle: but, he's not completely wild, either... and I know that orange tabbies are normally considered to be domesticated :nod:

Anyways, my sweet hubby Bob =TThealer and I have been encouraging a new outside cat in recent weeks.... and this afternoon, he really gave us a lift, with this remarkable show of ownership... when he "meatloafed" himself on the rug at the far side of our patio!! :clap:

Now, you may not think this is any big deal :giggle: but for Merle (as we have named him... which is short for Merlin... yes, in honor of the great magician :D) this is QUITE a big step!! He was so skittish and frightened the first time we offered to feed him, that he ran at the slightest movement.... and remained in a "ready to run fast" position at all times :nod: even while eating :faint:

He's still not confident enough to allow us near enough to touch him, but in this morning's 25 degree fahrenheit (-3.88 c) temperature, he found the rug, in the :sun: to be to his liking, and actually relaxed enough to meatloaf himself, and wait patiently, hoping for some food :excited: He did not run when I approached the door with my :camera: and gave both of us the opportunity to take his picture for the first time!! :clap:

Be sure to visit Bob's page =TThealer for his "meet Merle" capture!! [link] I :love: the totally cat shadow that he captured! :excited:

If Merle manages to survive the rigors of being an on-your-own-neighborhood cat until summer :fingerscrossed: maybe we'll even be able to coax him into letting us pet him!
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WHOA giant hens. (I refer to the back leg fur fluffs as hens, don't ask why.) xD
robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha. Meatloafing Merle. The light in this shot is wonderful. Golden and bright, really lights up the cat.
LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much Robert! :iconsnuzzleplz: I appreciate your comments and the :iconplusfav:!! :w00t: :dance:

We haven't seen Merle, but once since the day I shot this pic... but, we think we may have seen him at a house, several blocks away (a week or so, ago)... so it could be that his people were just out of town, for an extended period, when he was stopping by on a regular basis :nod:
robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Either that or the other family feeds him Tuna Fish.
LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually :giggle: we figured out today, that it may just be the new very large, very fluffy, black & white fixed tom cat that moved in next door, and has decided to add our backyard to his territory! :laughing: The new tom looks like a really sweet push-over... but, I think he's already set the nosy female (who lives in the house on the other side of his house) straight about who's yard is who's!! :rofl: :rofl:
Cats are sooooooooo funny :laughing: we used to have the most docile (towards people) huge tabby male, who lived outside... and though he wouldn't put a scratch on any human (even a very small child)... we noticed that several of the neighborhood cats would cross the street, when they got to our yard!! :rofl: :rofl: :lmao:
robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: I guess so! I can just imagine the cat conversatons that would happen around all that drama. Sort of Chicago Mafia accents maybe.

Cat #1; I thought I said youse ain't to be comming around here no more.

Cat#2; Sorry, Guido (or whatever cat's call each other), did'nt realize I'd wandered into your turf. I promise it won't be happening again. Just let me go this one time.

Cat#1; Dat's right! and tell all youse friends too.
TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
:winner: Congratulations!:winner:

This is to let you know that this deviation has been featured here>>>[link]
No, you haven't won a free subbie or the lottery, just a little recognition!:nod:
LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:w00t: Thanks babe! :iconlovesplz: :iconsnuzzleplz:
TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
RooCat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
He's a good looking cat. I wish you lots of luck. The black feral here I finally got to touch after 10 days of feeding him disappeared, probably was gotten by a predator, the next day as he vanished forever after that visit. It broke my heart.
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