Like the Ice Cream Cats, Spotty was a sometimes visitor to the Dry Creek Hill feral cat colony. But unlike the Ice Cream Cats, Spotty came and went for several years. He never settled in and always left relatively quickly but he was around often enough that he became comfortable in the colony and the colony members accepted him as part of the club.
We first saw Spotty coming for food. He kept his distance and fit in as much with the wildlife that came to clean up the food as with the cats in the colony. As he aged, he fit in with the other cats a little more. He was clearly prone to altercations with cats or wildlife outside the colony territory and showed up in pretty bad shape after at least one big fight. Much to our surprise, he never picked a fight with any of the colony cats and seemed content to occupy a low rung in the hierarchy whenever he stopped by for a few days or weeks.
Most of the time Spotty was healthy, hale, and hearty. In fact, you could say he was a tad fat in his old age. He always recovered from his outside altercations without complications and seemed to appreciate the peace, quiet, and food he found on Dry Creek Hill.
Spotty was one of the few cats we never trapped and neutered. He first appeared before we had started our TNR program and was seldom around when we were actively trapping cats. He was a wily old campaigner, and the few times he was around during trapping sessions he avoided traps and was quickly gone. By the time he was spending more time on our property all of the females in the colony had been spayed.
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