Most of the colony mothers kept their children at a distance, often totally out of sight in the woods, for at least the first several weeks of life. But Mosby delivered her litter on the deck. The kittens were near the house from birth onward. I suspect that is part of why they were so comfortable around us.
They were also very friendly with the other colony cats, as you can see from the photo of Comet and Mud Pie in the featured photo for this post on the home page. Any cat that could get along with Mud Pie was a candidate for sainthood.
Comet was interested in any and all jobs on my schedule. He would help me with yard and garden work by sticking close and following me wherever I went. He would inspect my tools, trimmings from trees and bushes, and examine my workspace for hidden dangers.
Comet went into high gear if the job included digging. The highlight of Comet’s construction career came when the buried power cable to our well house failed. Burying the new cable required a trench of 75 feet. Our Texas Hill Country soil is rocks glued together with clay, so I dug the trench over several days in a series of hard hour-long sessions. Comet was with me all the way. While the other cats in the colony quickly determined I was just digging a trench and went about their business, Comet had a job to do. He sat in and beside the trench as I dug and examined my work at the end of each day, carefully walking the length of the trench and sniffing for flaws.
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