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The Adventures of Marco and Polo in Brianland, part 2

In last episode…  Brian rescued Polo from his car engine.  Mom and her other kitten then moved in his garden.  Although Mom was trapped quite easily to be spayed, it took more efforts to trap Marco…

Mom and Marco having dinner in the kitchen

Brian tried to set a routine for Mom and Marco to come to eat.  They eventually ventured in the kitchen, but that didn’t mean that Marco could be caught.  Brian borrowed a trap and after much effort, victory was his and Marco walked into the trap.

Marco unsure of his new home

He was brought to The Cat Hospital for neutering and for his first shot.  Brian gave himself three weeks, when Marco would be due his second vaccination, to try to socialise Marco.  Every morning and night he sat with Marco in the bathroom.  There were some ups and downs.  At times Marco would seem to be making progress, but then he would go into hiding mode again.  However, Brian did not give up.

Marco finds his hiding spot... behind the loo!

Marco forgetting to hide

Although Marco seemed to relax at times, he would still not let Brian go near him (except with food).  At times, he would even cry when he was aware of Mom’s presence outside.  Brian then decided to introduce him to Polo, thinking that if Marco saw Polo going near Brian, he would do the same.  In fact, Marco was still nervous and Polo’s excitement would even make him hide away.

Marco and Polo get to know each other

When the three weeks were up, Brian considered releasing Marco again, but he was afraid that Marco and Mom would not recognise each other.  Brian adopted a different strategy and left Marco free run of the house, thinking that the contact with Polo might help to socialise Marco.  This strategy caused Brian a few frights like the time when Marco went to hide behind the boiler and stayed there for quite a while.

Marco getting free run of the house

Although Marco and Polo began to become great friends, it was another story with Brian.  Marco would still be shy.  He would sometimes forget about it while playing,  but then remember that he is supposed to be a feral.  He certainly enjoys the comfort of the house, but is still uncertain about his human.

Marco and Polo becoming best buddies

Sometimes, he takes a lot of time to socialise a feral kitten, and they may never become the pet you hope them to be.  Brian, though, certainly has the patience and tolerance it requires…

A video of Marco and Polo