Category Archives: DiluteCalicoMale

Estimated to be less than 2. Suspected abandoned pet. First sighted on 17 Mar 07 at Sally’s. Not sighted since.

Area 2: Female kitten needs mojo relief

I was speaking to a friend who lives in Area 2, who knows about our TNRM of the area. She mentioned that a very friendly young tabby/white has been in the area for a few months already. Her kids always played with it, and even named it Mio. She was not sure but thought the kitten was a female.

She said it was extremely friendly and trusting, and always like to follow people around, and to be carried. Sometimes, Mio would sit at the bottom of their block and meow. She would stop as soon as she saw my friend and her daughters. My friend is not able to take the kitten in but would like to get her sterilised at least. She also asked about putting Mio up for adoption.

I agreed with the importance of getting Mio sterilised, as it seemed like Mio was likely to be 6-8 months already. As for adoption, I told her about our standard operating procedure – that cats for adoption were fostered by Foster Mum until rehomed – and that whether we can proceed with this cat depends on Foster Mum’s capacity.

But we still needed to see the cat for ourselves. So earlier this evening, btmao and I went over for a walkabout. We met a super friendly spotted tabby boy with no tail. He was extremely thin (his sides were sunk in, just like Lizzy). He was also clearly unsterilised. btmao fed him and he, typical of former pets or trusting free-ranging pets, tried to follow us for a bit but stopped as soon as he realised we were ignoring him (and probably because we crossed his territory’s border). This was one cat we needed to sterilise for sure, but we can’t do it immediately – he needed to be padded up before we take his mojo away.

In the distance, at the carpark, we saw a commotion. There were a few kids milling around something. We approached, and realised that it was my friend’s kids, with their dad. There, threading her way around her legs was Mio.

I tried talking to them to ascertain her temperament. Some of the kids’ friends also arrived. Judging from all the kids’ eagerness to interact with Mio, and how relaxed she was, it was obvious she had been in a home if not a free-ranging pet cat. Also, she allowed one of the kids to carry her and walk about. Clearly, she enjoyed the attention she was getting. Clearly, too, we needn’t have to ask about how friendly she was.

We parted with the kids, having an idea of what needed to be done for Mio and the boy.


Area 2: Sally has company

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

This night was just full of surprises. But it’s not the end – see Salvi losing fur, and Isam’s established… semipet?