What do you do when a strange cat greets you with a “Hisssssss?” You back away and name him Alger.
Alger appeared in our yard one day looking lonely and a bit bedraggled. He stayed on the periphery of the colony and ate by himself under the lean-to attached to the shed. If we came too close he was quick to hiss at us, so we gave him his space.
The other cats tolerated Alger as he gradually integrated himself into the crowd but they kept a close eye on him. Fluff coveted Alger’s food when he joined the dinner party and Fuzzy Tux stared him down when he approached the water tub.
Despite Alger’s piercing stare from his golden eyes, we continued to work on getting close. Soon Alger was insisting that, just like his namesake had claimed, he was innocent of all charges. A little canned cat food did wonders for eliminating Alger’s hiss. In fact, wet food worked so well that Alger became a tripping hazard. When we went out the front door he was winding himself around our ankles and feet, purring and looking for more of that wonderful food.
Alger was an on and off colony member for a few weeks. We were preparing to trap him for neutering when a neighbor who also cares for the ferals and strays in our area told us she was trying to befriend an orange cat she’d seen on her property. After a little discussion we were sure she was asking about Alger. We told her to let him see a can of cat food and she’d have a friend for life. He’d be a friend that would keep her agile, too, and that’s a valuable friend to have out here in the rocky hills.
- Feral Cat Fridays: Cats On A Hot Dry Hill
- Feral Cat Fridays: Call Me Smudge