We saw a few of the visitors to our feral cat colony only a time or two. We never knew where they came from or where they went, but the woods were full of feral cats when we started our trap, neuter, and release efforts. With time and work, these visits by strangers diminished. We named these cats when we first saw them so we could keep our population count organized, but we didn’t see them often enough to get more than a rudimentary sense of their personality. We most often saw them slinking away like the cat in the feature photo for this post on the home page.
Tuxedo Cat appeared in our yard a few months before we began our TNR program and was only around for a few days. As you can see, he looked very much like Fuzzy Tux. However, Fuzzy Tux was nothing more than a gleam in her father’s eye when Tuxedo Cat visited. Those gleaming eyes likely belonged to the cat you see staring over the water tub in the photo below.
Ghost appeared 2 years after Tuxedo Cat. He stayed for a day or so, disappeared for several months, and then reappeared for a few days. He kept to himself and seemed uninterested in joining the colony, but he was comfortable hanging out with the crowd while he rested and refueled on his secret mission.
He was a beautiful long haired cat with a soft gray coat. His coat in combination with his gliding way of walking and his habit of disappearing made us think of a ghost, so Ghost he became.
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