All cats have glands on the sides their cheeks that when rubbed produce phermones (feel good hormones). Momma cats rub and lick their babies on the cheeks to help create loving associations. I began taking my twig and rubbing those little black cheeks of Jack's. At first Jack was not happy and ran away but eventually he got it! The pheromones created when I rubbed Jack's cheeks worked to create a bond between us. Now I was able to pet Jack with my hands and slowly began getting him used to being handled and picked up (important because I wanted to take hime to the vet and have him neutered!). It has been a few years now and Jack is still a fast friend. He is the first to greet me at the farm with his talkative meows and enjoys keeping the rat population at bay while I am away. Sometimes an accidental friendship can prove the test of time as it has with Jack and I.
|Jack, my little black panther with the kind heart|