Last week introduced Harley, a feral cat that emerged from the woods surrounding our clearing with her family of 5 kittens. This week’s hero is Larry, one of those 5 kittens.
Larry was the most identifiable of the 5 kittens. Two were orange tabbies and 2 others were gray striped tabbies, but Larry’s coat was a mass of gray and black swirls.
Larry was a shy, but personable, guy. He kept close to his family, as did nearly all of Harley’s offspring, and spent most of his time in their territory on the east side of our clearing. His primary interaction with the rest of the colony and with us came at feeding time. Harley’s family had claimed one feeding station so effectively that we took to calling it “the Harley Platform.” Other cats might occasionally share a meal at that station, but Harley’s family always ate there .
The photo above shows Larry at an early version of the Harley Platform, before we admitted that we were in this business for the long haul and needed a station more substantial than boards on sawhorses. Later we constructed the more permanent Harley Platform that you see below. It is still standing, though its use these days is a sunning platform or rain protection for the two remaining cats from the colony.
And if you are wondering, “Hi, I’m Larry,” is indeed a hint for the next episode.