Last week I introduced Stoney, a cat who grew into the role of the feral cat colony’s gentle ruler. Stoney seemed destined for a leadership role from his early days and was interested in everything that was going on in his world. Very few of the cats seemed to care about what went on inside our house, but it wasn’t unusual to see Stoney peeking in a window.
He never showed an interest in coming inside. It behooves the leaders of neighboring nations to understand one another, and Stoney simply needed to gather intelligence about that world on the other side of the door.
Stoney wore his mantle of leadership comfortably. One look at his demeanor in the photo below lets you know that this cat is secure in his position and proud of his appearance. His tipped left ear shows that he was neutered when this photo was taken, but he was still the undisputed king of the colony.
Several tomcats were semi-regular visitors to the colony and Stoney made sure they understood their place. If they wished to stay and hang out, like Goldie in the first photo below, Stoney was happy to have them as a visitor.
But if they overstepped their bounds, like Caramel Sundae was prone to do, Stoney made sure they knew who was boss. Stoney made sure that Caramel Sundae’s visits were brief. Goldie behaved himself and had Stoney’s blessing, so they shared comfortable afternoons at the foot of the stairs.
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