Thomas was another wandering cat who hung around our feral cat colony yet never took the step of joining. Although he was comfortable with the colony residents and got along with everyone he seemed uninterested in settling down. He was particularly shy if he saw us or thought he was being observed. The name Thomas seemed to suit his retiring, yet somehow distinguished, personality.
We have just a few photos of Thomas, and most of them are either blurry or have only a part of Thomas in the frame because Thomas was hustling away, albeit at a measured, calm pace. Thomas wasn’t going to let you know he might be scared; he just wasn’t interested in receiving you at this time, thank you very much. He was trap-shy enough that we never managed to trap and neuter him. He seemed like a nice guy and we were sorry we never got to know him very well.
Chief was just as much a wanderer as Thomas, but Chief was self assured. He hung around the back yard colony territory and formed no lasting friendships with colony members. Like Thomas, we only saw Chief on and off for several months and never managed to trap and neuter him.
Some wandering males joined the colony while others stayed on the periphery and only passed through. We imagine they were all initially attracted by the possibility of reliable food and female companionship. Food was always available but the wandering males soon learned that all colony females were spayed. Food was a strong enough draw to hold some of them, and if we managed to trap and neuter them they were contented life-long residents. Other males, like Chief and Thomas, wanted something more and moved on.
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