Sometime in early February, btmao talked to the TCO about Sally’s case.
After hearing her out about the difference between responsible feeding and non-responsible feeding, he’s decided to take her suggestion to treat the family’s habit of leaving food and drink outside their home overnight as a case of littering. He’s gone to see the family with an NEA colleague and warned the family to stop or face littering fines. They cooperated and he observed no more food and drink bowls outside. Sally was safe from death for the monent it seems.
We were, as usual, a bit skeptical at the effectiveness of a mere warning but it must be said that the officious visit was more than what btmao and I ever achieved. In fact, we warned the family of Ian, Baby, Chica (and now it seems, Isam as well) about leaving food and drink out, and told them about what’s happening in Sally’s tuft, just across the road. They also cooperated, but good things don’t last – barely two weeks later, the food and drink were outside again. could we hope for any better across the road, at Sally’s? I wouldn’t bet on it.
Wait-and-see was still our modus operandus. After a long wait interval of more than a month, today was a good day to do that see bit.
Lo and behold, Sally came running. The only differences were that she looked slightly rounder and she was wearing a fuschia collar with a bell. Did the TCO/NEA officer visitation spook the family? But it wasn’t enough of a scare to make them make an honest cat of Sally. She was still free-ranging. And she’s as ravenous as we remembered.
Vid: Sally tucks in, just as always
We were relieved that Sally’s ok. As we settled down to wait for her to finish the food, we saw a new cat sitting a little aways, just outside the family’s flat, in fact.
A scaredy dilute calico, a scrawny and wary grubby boy who’snot developed the bigheaded look of mature virile males. He has lovely light blue eyes. We suspect he was newly abandoned.
He was hungry as you can see from this vid – he was trying to approach the feasting Sally, but got hissed away.
Vid: Scaredy dilute calico and Sally
He took big circles around us, he wanted food obviously, but was too scared to approach. Finally, he was far enough to feel safe. btmao managed to push some food at him and he finally ate.
Vid: Dilute calico finally eats
As we wait on both cats to finish their dinners, what should we see but a large virile silver tabby male saunter up and help himself to the buffet outside the irresponsible feeder family’s flat. As Sally and the dilute calico boy both seem afraid of him, we did not draw his attention.
Vid: Silver tabby male tucking into buffet