Another slice of Siberian cat life, this time from the Far East. The cat’s name is “Syoma”. He is an all-white cat with copper eyes and a dense short double coat.
His work is to keep the rodent population down around the houses at the entrance to the Kronotsky Nature Reserve on the Kamchatka peninsula.
No doubt, his play varies. One passtime is to play with a fox.
I think this is a good way of life for a cat provided there is decent veterinary care within reasonable distance. I may be old-fashioned. I don’t know. It seems to be more natural. For a cat, it is way of life that is not too removed from the original.
It looks safe provided there are no predators that could kill a domestic cat. The biggest killer of cats, the automobile, does not seem to be a problem in this neck of the woods.
It would be interesting to know what he is given for food. If he is given cat food I would have thought it was not off-the-shelf from a supermarket. He may find all his food, on his own, in the course of his duties.
Here’s a map which shows the approximate place where Syoma lives.