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Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz
FULL VIEW PLEASE! :heart:

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
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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.
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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:
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Either that or the other family feeds him Tuna Fish.
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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:
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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.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
:winner: Congratulations!:winner:

This is to let you know that this deviation has been featured here>>>[link]
:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
No, you haven't won a free subbie or the lottery, just a little recognition!:nod:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:w00t: Thanks babe! :iconlovesplz: :iconsnuzzleplz:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
:smooch:
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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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skjon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Lovely
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :glomp: and thanks for the :+devwatch:, too! :dance:
and
:iconchocolateheartplz: :icondance-4u: Happy Valentines Day!! :icondance-4u: :iconchocolateheartplz:
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Miarath Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
What a lovely cat. I love how the sun's making the fur looks so brilliant. :heart:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's a beautiful cat! :hug: I'm delighted you like my capture of him enough to add it to your favorites gallery!! :thanks: :w00t:
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OneClownShoe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Persistence and food will win this beautiful cat. Fantastic patterns. Nice shot! :)
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:fingerscrossed: unfortunately, we still go several days at a time without seeing Merle... and then viola! he shows up again, and always eats everything offered :D It was -2 degrees here this morning... so he's probably tucked in tight somewhere right now...

Thanks for the kudos Jeff, and the :iconplusfav: I really appreciate them! :hug:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
He does look like a sweetie. We always have strays that come around that are either one of the neighbors wild barn cats, or drop offs, and eventually they start to trust the one that is feeding them. We have one right now that adopted us this summer and has stayed. He is a pure white long haired fella we call "Smelly Cat". He lives outside most of the time and sleeps in one of our farm sheds on a blanket we left for him, although he gets to come in for awhile in the evening and usually meets me at my car when I get home from work. He's quite the hunter. He caught a prairie chicken in the fall. It was almost as big as he was. I saw him dragging it into the bush. Fred has seen his tracks all over our home pasture which is 1/4 section so he roams a fair distance. He just has to avoid the coyotes which is the reason we never seem to have cats for very long when they are roamers. You just get attached and then they disappear.
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: yes, when I was 10 years old, we moved from metropolitan Oklahoma City, Oklahoma... to 2 miles out on a country road, near a very tiny town in the absolute hick sticks of northwestern Oklahoma... (quite a culture shock to say the least ;p)... but, the real advantage of living way out in the country there, was that we could have tons of outside kitties! The exact number varied (sometimes as high as 25 or more :clap:)... but, it always seemed that if the numbers started getting too high, the coyotes would clean out the extras... so I know what you mean about getting attached, and then they disappear.

And I know what you mean about some of them roaming, and being great hunters... we had others that stayed around forever... but, they were the home bodies, who stayed close to the house :nod: In the fall, when we would have huge flocks of some type of rather ordinary looking black colored birds flying over... in long columns that seemed to go forever... my brother would stand outside with his 22 rifle, and shoot until all the cats had a bird of their own... it was fun to watch!! :D He very often brought down several birds, with just one shot!! :D

And yes, if Smelly Cat caught a prairie chicken, he IS a good hunter! :clap:

Thanks for the :iconplusfav: Candace! :hug: I really appreciate it!! :dance:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: My boys used to do the same thing. In the fall the swallows and blackbirds all congregate together on the hydro lines (swarms of them getting ready to go south) and the boys would just pick them off for the cats. The cats new what was happening and would sit waiting underneath for their free lunch. :D
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, I would always get tickled, watching, for the first couple of birds falling from the sky would simply start a fight :giggle: and then, the cats would figure out what was happening... and just as you said, they would sit waiting patiently for the free lunch :D
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maska13 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Wonderful portrait! Beautiful cat like to orange :)
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug: he really is a beautiful cat, and his orange color looks great in the :sun: shine!! :clap:

Thanks for the :iconplusfav:!! :hug: :dance:
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maska13 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
My pleasure :)
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HauntedVisions Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful kitty. :)
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Sarah! :hug:
and thanks for the :iconplusfav:!! :dance:
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Tartanau Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
As a cat owner myself I must tell you that cats have a known attachment to places, rather than humans. So Merle has found on your patio a new place where he can have a good meal, but there's nothing more than that for him. Keep on feeding him and you'll see more of his lovely face around. As Bob has noticed, he might have an unpleasant history from a previous owner and doesn't trust people, no matter what. That might go off, but it will take time and lot of food (try to variate the kind of food you serve him and see what he likes most-fresh fish could do magic with cats).
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:rofl: :rofl: :laughing: I couldn't agree more.... we've lived in this same house, coming up on 29 years... and have always had "inside only" Siamese cats... and an assortment of here-again, gone-again, back-again, outside kitties :nod: and we've always said that when it comes to a cat :giggle:... is it love, or is it their tummy? :rofl: :rofl:

Most of the time, if they really love you... either their food or water bowl is empty :nod:... but, there are the RARE moments... when it's really love!!

We've tamed several very skittish outside kitties, to where they would finally let us pet them... and where they considered this to be their "base of operations"... and with at least two... their "home"! :clap: So, Merle is just another project for us :nod: and if we succeed in taming him... then excellent!! if not, we'll still continue to feed him and talk to him.

He has shown a definite preference for cat food, over scraps... and really likes a bit of cream! :w00t:

Thanks for stopping by! :hug: I appreciate your comment :heart:
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Dellanine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, how sweet! ^__^
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Chloe! :hug:
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Dellanine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No prob! :glomp:
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
He is so beautiful, and you can see in his eyes that he is beginning and longing to trust you.
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, it's a very gradual thing... but, at least he is starting to move away slowly... rather than running flat out, when Bob goes to put some food out for him.. and that's nice to see! :aww:

Thanks for the :iconplusfav: Evey! :hug: I really appreciate it!! :dance:
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50calWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
haha hi merle XD maybe you can adopt him!
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:fingerscrossed: maybe he will adopt us! :D
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50calWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
yesh!
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:fingerscrossed: :thanks: :glomp:
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50calWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
rawr
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ameliasantos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
beautifull cat, beautiful photo :) :)
In french MERLE means blackbird :D
it reminded me that when I was younger I called a black cat Daisy but I did not know what it was a Daisy:D :D :D
Have a nice day
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
does Merlin also mean blackbird? ;p

Thanks for the :iconplusfav: Amelia!! :hug:
I really appreciate it! :dance:
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ameliasantos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
You're very welcome :)
no, its a fish like swordfish :)
:hug:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
soooo, :giggle: if "Merle" is short for Merlin... does that make him a black swordfish? :laughing:
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ameliasantos Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
:D :D :D
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
;p :glomp:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
:heart: lucky for Merle that he's got you on his side! That's pretty darn cold for kitties to be outside *shiver*
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:nod: yes, but we have one silly neighborhood cat [link] (who DOES have a home, btw) that rarely visits us, unless it's about 4 degrees outside :giggle: or if there is snow and ice on the ground ;p he's a very strange cat! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
I love how personable cats can be! our three are all soooo different :love:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, I've had a total 5 different Siamese, since I was kid... and every single one of them has been a definite INDIVIDUAL :giggle: And Bob has taught the last 3 of them to come to a whistle :D and our current old man (he was born in July of 1991) will shake his head, to ring his collar bell... so that you know that he did hear you whistle ;p even though sometimes he continues to ignore the command! :D
btw, and before you start mothering me, and telling me that I shouldn't still be on DA at 3:23 a.m. :giggle: we lay down for a quick nap, at 7 p.m. tonight... and I didn't wake up until 11:20 p.m. :omg: so I've gotten another whole day's work done, since then... and right now, I'm chillin' for a bit, before we hit the hay again :glomp: and now I have a very bossy brat cat at my elbow... bitching at me, and telling me that it is time for me to go to bed!! :laughing:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
We've always taught all of our cats to come to a whistle - they often do ignore us :nod: but we try :laughing: And they do tell us when it's time for bed!!
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
yep, dogs come when they're called... but, cats always take a message! :rofl: :rofl:
and Lindsay was the one who decided that cats must have to report in to "The Cat Council" from time to time... and let the higher ups know how they are doing, with regard to bitching and complaining at their owners :lmao:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
:laughing: So true!
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