August 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Sir Butterscotch’s Story, aka How A Camera Helped Trapping a Feral Cat

We are humbled to share the story of how our partner WarmFuzzy’s used our camera to save a precious yet skittish feral cat, dearly known as Sir Butterscotch.

Sometime in January, we noticed signs that another stray kitty was hanging around our place so we put food and water out for him (or her). He left some dead mousies for us as gifts, which cats will sometimes do. In February, we began seeing him from time to time but he was so skittish that even the sound of the doorknob turning would send him running away. I’d see him out the window and he’d run away at the sound of my voice. For a while, I called him ‘My Outside Kitty’ and I set off to build a relationship with him. It was unbelievably difficult as he was so skittish.

First Sighting of Sir Butterscotch

First Sighting of Sir Butterscotch

 

On February 5th, I finally got a picture of him to prove his existence to others. His glowing eyes looked like little hearts and that is what he touched inside of us. We kept feeding him and trying to talk to him and he began running away less frequently. By February 25th he had a befitting name, Sir Butterscotch of the Great Outdoors. We pointed one of our MeShare cameras out the window to capture his activities and on May 12th, thanks to Wayne at MeShare, we were able to install an outside camera. By now, Sir Butterscotch had become somewhat of a celebrity at WarmFuzzys and we celebrated by setting up fancy dinners for him, tablecloth, candlesticks and all.

Sir Butterscotch of the Great Outdoors

Sir Butterscotch of the Great Outdoors

Candlelight Dinner for Sir Butterscotch

Candlelight Dinner for Sir Butterscotch

 

Sometimes things would frighten the kitty and he would become more stand-offish. He’d run when I tried to talk to him but he still came by every night for dinner and usually every morning for breakfast. Every day I would talk to my outside kitty and eventually, he would sit still and listen to me. By June he allowed me to sit outside with him while he ate. We noticed he was losing weight and he was beginning to scratch himself, bothered by fleas. We had to catch him and help him and we had to do it soon. We had already been trying to do that with no luck. This cat was definitely trap shy and would NOT go in the trap no matter how hungry he got. Even the presence of a trap would keep him away.

Me and the Kittie

Me and the Kittie

Getting closer

Getting closer

 

July rolled around and we’d still had no luck trapping my little boy. Day in and day out we were feeding him, talking to him, watching him on the camera and praying for him. By August we had gathered enough funds to purchase a drop trap. With that and the extensive time we’d put in building a relationship we were finally able to trap him, get him to the vet and we are now working to assimilate my little buddy into the community of misfits, castoffs and special needs kitties at our shelter. We temporarily moved our outside camera into the shelter so that we can keep an eye on him and others can watch Sir Butterscotch’s saga continue.

 

Watch the video to see the moment of the capture!

 

Critters come and critters go, often times without being seen. MeShare cameras made this success story possible. We were able to keep an eye on this precious little boy and discover his habits of showing up at 11:30pm and even 5:00am. We knew when he was looking for food because we were notified by the camera alerts. We knew when it was him and when it was a raccoon or possum. Without the camera we probably would never have been able to help Sir Butterscotch. We wouldn’t have been able to build a relationship and trust. He wouldn’t be around today.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

 

Sir Butterscotch’s journey isn’t over. One day, I will post pictures of he and I sitting on the floor watching television together at the shelter and because of our MeShare camera, you will be able to watch it happen as it happens.

 

Sir Butterscotch’s temporary live webcam (on most of the day)

If you can’t see the live video below, go to meshare.com/getmeshare on your mobile device to download the MeShare App. Or search MeShare on your Apple App store or you Google Play store to watch it.

I will update if this changes.

Thanks to all of the fine folks at MeShare.

Sir Butterscotch thanks you too.

-by Rod, WarmFuzzy’s

To support WarmFuzzy’s please consider donating on WarmFuzzys.org.

Like WarmFuzzy’s Facebook page and join the WarmFuzzy’s Group to get the latest live video on taming Sir Butterscotch and more!

 

The MeShare Animal Cam Program periodically gives away WiFi live streaming cameras to ALL eligible animal shelters and rescues across the US. If you are from an animal shelter/rescue please fill in the camera request form. If you’re not please send your request to Wayne at livedemo@meshare.com.

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