Friday Ollie and Spirit ate well at both a.m. and p.m. feedings. Saturday Spirit didn't come running out to greet me which he does meowing the whole time. I found him curled up near his winter sleeping shelter. Every visit I made he was in the same spot and would not eat. He gave me a little meow each time but made no moves to get up or eat. I was really worried. If he wouldn't eat I had little chance of coaxing him into a carrier or trap.
This morning I woke up to rain and my first thought was Spirit. Did he get up from his spot and find shelter or was he still there and now soaking wet. I was nervous about what I would find as I walked the path. I was almost at the end of the path and out popped Spirit, meowing. I as so excited and pleased to see him.
Spirit ate a small amount of food but I had come prepared and opened a different flavour and he ate a wee bit so I opened a third can and again he ate a tiny bit. I don't usually leave food because even during the day the raccoons are known to show up and devour everything but this morning I did. I left four bowls of different flavours of canned food and some dry.
Before I left I saw Spirit take a drink of water, again not a lot but a little something was better than nothing. Then Spirit walked into the little A-frame I made last year to keep extra straw bales clean and dry. He sometimes sleeps in there and today that was he preferred spot.
At 5 p.m. when I returned Spirit came out of the A-frame meowing. He licked the gravy from assorted bowls of food and he ate a few Temptations treats.
The bowls of food from the morning had not been eaten by raccoons but small amounts were gone from a couple of bowls so I think Spirit ate a little.
I have no idea what was going on with Spirit but I really thought I was going to lose him and I was trying to prepare myself for this possibility. He has never behaved like this before. Both he and Ollie are about 14 years old now which is pretty incredible for feral cats.
I will be back to see Spirit first thing in the morning.