About 2 weeks ago we noticed a little black shadow sneaking up and eating what dry cat food Jerry left behind in his food bowl. The little cat would gobble and run. If he saw us watching him, he would run without eating.
Jerry would chase him away. Jerry hates new things, especially little annoying ones who may steal his food and attention. Not that Jerry wants much attention, he mostly wants food and a chair on which to nap on the back porch when he desires. Jerry is the ultimate outdoor cat. He will NEVER let us touch him, he comes and goes as he pleases, he NEVER wants to come inside. And he's absolutely happy with the way things are.
|Jerry, the outside cat|
We have no idea where the little black cat came from. He was very wild and scared. We couldn't help but notice his left ear was "tipped", which means he was a feral cat that was trapped and fixed. Odd. We have no feral cat communities near here. How did he end up in our woods? He's young, not adult cat size yet. I'd say he's a teenager. Funny, too, is the fact that he looks just like our indoor cat, Shadow, which used to be a very wild outdoor cat. They both have a little bit of white fur on their chest and belly. Could they be related?
|The indoor cats, Jack on left, Shadow on right|
Once Little Cat realized we would feed him, he never left. All we have to do is step out the back door and call him and he magically appears from the woods. Little Cat has adjusted to Jerry's routine, he learned that Jerry does NOT like to cuddle and certainly does not want any cat love gestures, such as a head bump. And so Jerry is tolerating Little Cat.
|Jerry on left, Little Cat on right, eating breakfast|
And as the weeks passed, Little Cat became more and more friendly. One afternoon I sat on the back steps and called him, and he did his magic appearance from the woods and he ran to me. At first he was cautious, but then finally he left me pet his head. All it took was one touch and now he's the biggest love-bug. He loves to be pet and scratched. He was all skin and bones, I was afraid I was going to break something when I touched him. But in these 2 weeks he's put on weight and his fur is feeling much thicker.
And so it seems we have a new friend at Razzberry Corner. We certainly didn't expect to have another cat.
|Notice his left ear tipped in this photo|
|His panther look|
|Shadow is VERY INTERESTED in the new cat|