Area1: Ian and his family


Ian is a name that often pops up, especially when the area1 family with free-ranging pet cats is mentioned. His housemates include Indy, Isam, Chica,  the unphoto-ed Baby, and probably Idris and Omi. But we’ve not really said much about him.

He first appeared in 2000, and became the late Charlotte‘s shadow. Charlotte wouldn’t have anything to do with him, and only grew to tolerate him, barely, after a year or so. His adoration for Charlotte continued unabated even after we took his mojo away (minion robbery case no 2 or maybe 3), which had us puzzled for a long time. It was as if they knew each other and Ian was determined to renew and elevate their acquiantance to its previous pinnacle.

As time went by, we got to thinking to on the possible reasons for this interesting situation. There was no doubt Ian and Charlotte knew each other. One is that they were siblings, and another was they were mother and son. It seems that siblings would be more than happy to acknowledge each other and pick up where they left off. It’s more likely in a reunited mother-child situation where the child is the more enthusiastic party.

There was no doubt that Ian adored Charlotte. He deferred to her, but was dominate to every other cat, and combative with males.
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When Charlotte died, he seemed so depressed we thought he might follow her.

But he has survived and hopefully moved on.
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He has achieved an uneasy truce with Isam, and seen the last of cats like Iggy (thanks to his part-time family). He has also briefly terrorised Samia through her brief stay in area1, and Izzy until we rehomed him. All in all, though he is quite the resident alpha, he does seem to try his best to tolerate the kitties his part-time family brought back.

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