posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 01:32 PM
Hi folks, quick background...
A friend of mine runs a cattery in the moors inland from me and about 5 years ago (middle of Winter) rang me to say a female tabby had turned up
freezing, skinny, with missing fur and would I like her. I fell in love with this unfortunate creature. if only because of her story as I spent 6
months sleeping rough as a 16 year old myself and she was about a year old when she came to my home.
She's as nuts as me, never properly settled and eats her food like she doesn't know where her next is coming from. She often disappears for days
then comes back with rat bites, fox bites, and a body full of ticks on occasion, but never needed the vet, just a wipe of her wounds from me (or
tweezers for the ticks) then a few safe days hiding in a plastic supermarket bag licking her wounds.
She is psycho territorial for our garden, I've seen her take on 3 male cats and drive them away, she'll also warn me whenever the gate is opened,
looking startled at the front door, always correct when I haven't heard anything myself but checked it out after seeing her reaction.
Anyway, I came out of the house last week and I saw a scruffy black and white tail which I didn't recognise next to my cat. The stranger suddenly
bolted scared by me, but my cat just carried on eating and I was actually surprised by it. Any other cats even near my garden are chased off or
attacked and then watched from the perimeter wall. This cat was sharing her bowl.
I thought it was a one-off at first but remained curious as I can't speak cat and ask her, but the last three days after I've filled the cat bowl
this stray cat has turned up at the daily time and my cat has not attacked it for eating her food. The cat arrives after I go inside but runs away
terrified as soon as I open the door again.
I can only assume that this scruffy stray has been accepted by my cat for either being such a badass (or even possibly feral?) that she fears it, or
she recognises it is pretty skinny and is willing to share her food. The fact that both of them seem comfortable enough to share a bowl at the same
time raises different questions in my mind though, cat-alliances?
So, ATS folk, please share your own thoughts on inter-cat friendships and the like, although I could of course look up some cat studies regarding this
(and probably shall now) I do like the anecdotal stories. Personally, I thought my crazy cat was programmed to attack other cats...now I'm beginning
to think she has some semblance of sympathy for a hard luck story lol.