If you've been around Razzberry Corner much, you already know Bobby.
Bobby is a stray cat that showed up outside and never left the porch. We, of course, feed all hungry souls, and Bobby became a part of life here. Bobby is a working class cat. He takes care of the outside. He catches any birds that are brave enough to land on the ground. He is friends with all other critters, including Jerry, the woodchucks, opossums, and raccoons. he knows to let them be and they don't bother him. Bobby really dislikes the guineas, but he puts up with them. He doesn't like being locked in the chicken pen, but really doesn't mind the chickens from a distance. Bobby assisted when a night monster, what we believe was a great horned owl, was killing the guineas and Randy spent many nights outside hunting. Bobby was by his side all those nights, happy to assist with guard duty.
The only thing is, Bobby doesn't understand why he lives outside and we have 2 other cats who live strictly inside. It's getting cold outside. Poor Bobby.
Here are Shadow and Jack. Shadow was a stray who lived outside here at this house, and Jack was a stray from a former house. Both cats melted my heart, moved inside, have been fixed and get all yearly shots and exams. They now live the good life.
Yes - Shad looks just like Bob. She looks like she could be his mother or sister. She doesn't have the same personality as him at all, though.
Bob, Shad and Jack are all friends through the glass. We have been very careful to never let anyone smell noses, as we didn't know if Bobby had FELV (feline leukemia), a deadly and infectious cat disease.
And the good news is that this week we got Bob tested and he does NOT have FELV! He got his FELV immunization and all his shots this week, and got de-flead and de-ticked. Next we have to get the Bobster de-wormed, and then he will be ready to go! We already let all the cats smell noses, and we've been carrying Bobby around the house in our arms, so he sees that there's life inside. Right now he seems to prefer being outside, but that's just because he's scared inside still.
This means that Bobby doesn't have to brave another cold winter outside by himself.