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The Boss Cat

The Boss Cat

by Jan Plant

The Boss Cat - Caps

Although there are at present 11 in our "wild Bunch" one of the youngest toms, Caps, rules the roost. He demands that he eat first and on sunny days I've seen him chase off one of the others to take over his favorite spots to hang out.

We have 5.5 acres and he follows me everywhere like a hound. He'll also run to greet me when I come back from the store, and seems to think the top of my Honda is a perfect place to watch over his domain.

I've sat on our deck and actually seen the others come and greet him and then move on, so the next can pay "homage".

It's really quite amazing. Caps is a short hair. He's all white with black caps on his ears and around his eyes and he has a black patch around the base of his tail, and his tail is black.

He has a smaller litter mate Spats who is colored similarly but his coloring is gray instead of black. Caps is the only male I may touch and have picked him up a few times attempting to get him used to people.

This cutie and his brother were dumped out of a car in a beer box as I was checking our mail (people are so kind). Luckily there wasn't much wrong with them except a few bruises,and they were starving. And totally unsociable.

Spats got me real bad; my own stupidity when I tried to hold him. Eight stitches later, I now use welding gloves if I have to handle him. Unlike his brother, Caps enjoys interacting.

Every day he indignantly (as only a cat can be) allows me a few seconds of holding him. I'd probably allow him in the house but my mate has severe breathing problems so he will remain outside.

This small colony is supported by myself and our tenants, kind souls to the last. We are attempting to socialize them so we may find them homes of their own.


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Dec 17, 2009
Hi Jan
by: Michael

Well, you are doing a great job for someone new to this stuff!

There are a number of pages on this (large) site that have visitor input forms on them. The list is constantly growing but this page has a list that is a bit out of date but not by much.

I love visitor's views because it is real and first hand and alive. And we can all learn from the views of a sensible person who shares on this site.

Dec 17, 2009
"Cat' agories
by: Jan Plant

Michael, as I am new to all of this on line stuff, feel free moving things or changing things. No offense is taken.Do love this sight though. As soon as I figure out how to maneuver around a bit you'll probably see me everywhere! Thanks for having such a great place!

Dec 17, 2009
by: Michael

Thanks Jan for a nice insight into the life and times of a feral cat colony. You have the top cat Caps and the typical independence of cats that is magnified in feral cats. I love the way you manage it and accept them for what they are. You respect them. That is the key.

I moved your post to the feral cats page from the domestic cat (non purebred cats) page.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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