I’ve held off covering Fluff because there is so much to say. After reviewing the many pictures we have I decided Fluff needed 2 weeks. She was a favorite of ours and a special buddy to many of the cats in the colony. This week I’ll cover her relationship with us.
I’ve mentioned Fluff before as one of Stranger’s 3 children (Fluff, Duff, & Stanley). All 3 kittens quickly fit in with the colony, but Fluff in particular seemed drawn to the house and was surprisingly comfortable around us. But that level of comfort never included touching or petting – underneath it all, Fluff had the feral shyness of her mother, Stranger.
As her name implies, she was a ball of white fluff. If we walked out in the yard to tend to bird feeders or add water to the tubs, that ball of Fluff was likely to be there. Most cats scattered when I mowed the yard but Fluff would watch, albeit from a safe distance. If we went out to enjoy the late afternoon and watch the sunset, Fluff would likely show up and sit on the car to watch with us. I’m not sure she knew why we were looking to the west, but she was happy to participate.
Fluff was a pro at finding the best places to nap. If she wasn’t sleeping on the deck rail with her feet dangling and her hair blowing in the breeze she could be found napping on a screen plant cover we kept in the old garden. The cover protected young plants from deer but Fluff thought it made a great air-conditioned bed.
If you wanted a cat bent on finding entertaining and photogenic places to pose, Fluff was your girl. If her pose didn’t get your attention her slightly strabismic blue eyes combined with her thoughtful expression would.
The final 3 photos clearly show Fluff’s rather aggressively tipped left ear. How much of the ear was removed varied from cat to cat, I suppose due to who was manning the spay/neuter clinic on any given day. Some cat’s ears were only sightly tipped, while others were noticeable from a distance. Fluff’s ear-tipping was among the most dramatic but it only added to her eccentric charm.
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