Having moved into a new house, Stephanie Perfect noticed a wary cat peeking out from behind the trees on the other side of the street. The cat was obviously hungry: he kept showing up near Stephanie's place looking for food. Stephanie learned from her neighbors that the cat was abandoned by the previous owners about four years earlier. Since then he locals were feeding him, and he was a stray for the whole time.
So Stephanie also joined in, and the fluffy stray started coming to her place every day. First, the cat wouldn't touch the food in the woman's presence. But as soon as she was out of his sight, he would sneak up to the porch, pounce on the food, eat it, and immediately run away. This lasted for more than six months.
"He started staying longer near my house, but he still ran away as soon as I went out. I built a house for him out of Rubbermaid containers and some warm blankets. It took him a while to realize it was a safe place to sleep in cold and bad weather," Stephanie says.
A year later the cat learned his meal schedule and began to come close to the front door at a set time. One morning Stephanie woke up and saw her pal on the porch looking right at her. Stephanie came up to the cat slowly and silently so as not to frighten her guest.
"I slowly leaned over, began gently stroking his head, then his ears. He rolled over onto his back and let me pet his furry tummy," Stephanie recalls. That day Stephanie named the cat Buddy.
"Eventually, he started coming inside and would even stay overnight if it was particularly cold and windy outside. Gradually he got more and more used to being a domestic cat."
Buddy loves sitting on the high windowsill from where it is so convenient for him to watch the birds and squirrels in the backyard.
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Stephanie says that Buddy is a loving and affectionate pet, that really purrs loudly. Having no necessity to get food himself, he's turned into a foodie. Now he only craves for canned food with lots of gravy and lives as if he were a king.
"I've had the great pleasure of watching the transformation of a hesitant and fearful animal into a rather cheerful, playful, affectionate fellow! And, of course, he has fattened up noticeably, no need to hide it," Stephanie shares.
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