Fluff was one of our favorite cats and she was equally popular with other cats in the colony. She even served as a Fluffy pillow for Boots, and anyone who could get along with Boots was a paragon of tolerance. If we heard cats arguing, the first thing to come out of our mouths was an automatic “Take it easy, Boots.” Fluff could calm a prickly Boots and nap at the same time.
Fluff was also a mentor to young cats. The youngsters seemed naturally attracted to Fluff and would seek her out. Fluff was happy to have the company and made good use of the time by giving lessons in how to be a cat. Sage was one of her most avid pupils, as this photo of Fluff teaching Sage to stalk illustrates. It’s worth noting that I can’t remember ever seeing Fluff successfully catch anything, but she was happy to demonstrate how she’d heard it should be done.
When Fluff had the chance to pick her friends she gravitated to the other cats most comfortable around us. She must have sensed some shared personality or temperament trait in those cats. She spent many a pleasant afternoon napping with Silver Streak and Batman, two other exceptionally friendly members of the colony.
On the other hand, it may have been Streak and Batman’s long, fluffy hair that attracted Fluff. But whether it was by personality or appearance, they were drawn together.
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- Feral Cat Fridays: A Brush With Sage