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Woman Dedicates A Year Of Her Life To Winning Over A Feral Cat 

Woman Dedicates A Year Of Her Life To Winning Over A Feral Cat 

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Many people today seek quick and effortless love, particularly when it comes to animals. 

At the first sign of resistance from a furry companion, most individuals are ready to part ways, leaving the fluffy challenge for someone else to handle. Few are willing to invest time and patience in earning an animal’s trust. 

In today’s article, I’ll share the inspiring story of a remarkable woman who defies this trend. Meet Sarah, a lady who dedicated a year to winning the trust of Bruce, a feral tomcat who unexpectedly appeared at her door. 

Bruce wandered into Sarah’s life unexpectedly one ordinary day. Despite his fear and hostility towards people, he kept returning to Sarah’s home, drawn to something there.

Sarah began leaving him food every day, hoping to make a friend out of him. 

Over time, as she had been caring for this wary cat, she realized she had grown to love Bruce, although her love was not yet reciprocated.

Despite the apparent impossibility of her mission, Sarah remained resolute in her determination to transform this wild feline into a sweet indoor companion. 

Her strategy was simple yet effective. Starting with porch feedings, she incrementally opened her front door a bit more each day, gently coaxing him inside. She recalls:

“We worked like that, baby steps until he was able to fully eat inside the house. I decided to start feeding him with the spoon. From there, we graduated to a glove to try to get him acclimated to my hands.”

Once he got used to her hands, Sarah slowly started introducing gentle head pets as part of her plan to get him to trust her. Her end goal was to eventually trap him. 

She said that Bruce was too smart for typical trapping methods.

So, exactly one year after their first encounter, Sarah decided to bite the bullet and trap Bruce “with” her house. Once he got inside as per usual, she simply closed the front door, leaving him unable to escape. 

As you can imagine, Bruce didn’t like that, and he made his dissatisfaction pretty obvious.

Eventually, Bruce let his guard down and started to warm up towards Sarah. She shares:

“The socialization moved pretty quickly once he was inside. He was making it very clear that he wanted to be pet. But then when I went to actually pet him, he wouldn’t let me anywhere near him.”

Despite his hot-and-cold behavior and trust issues, likely due to past mistreatment, Sarah’s persistent love began to break through his defenses.

Sarah also reached out to her friends from the Alley Cat Project for help. They advised her to use the scratcher – which completely altered the course of their relationship. She says:

“It really, really helped get him acclimated to me and understanding he was safe. Ever since then, it’s been totally a snowball of love.”

Who would’ve thought that a simple object, like the scratcher, would transform this ferocious feral tomcat into a sweet baby? 

From that moment on, Bruce became Sarah’s trusted companion. He followed her from one room to another, wanting to be carried everywhere. He began sleeping with her and waking her up every morning at 7 am, demanding to be served his breakfast.

It’s amazing what true love can accomplish in a year. Both Sarah and Bruce needed each other’s love and company, and I’m so happy they’ve found one another. Their story is a testament to the power of love and patience.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this story. To sum everything up, here’s a short video of Bruce’s story that Sarah posted on her TikTok

@brucethebobcat Bruce’s story &lt3 #feralcatsneedlovetoo ♬ the winner takes it all – november ultra

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