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A first generation feral, Anna, lives in a colony on our property. She’s in love with a large pot of catnip on the patio.

We found Annie and her kittens living under a vehicle between two houses. Her kittens were all black. Her male partner (which was also solid black), and we suspect the father of the litter, kept close watch over them and never seemed to be a threat. As soon as possible, we rounded them all up and made a clinic appointment for TNR. Some of the kittens tamed, and others would not even eat in captivity. The cats that could not adapt were returned to the colony. As happens in colonies, one day Anna’s very senior black partner disappeared. We knew he was up in years from the TNR records.

About a year later, Extra showed up (we know it’s not the same cat due to subtle markings), and they became fast friends. Both live in the colony on our property. Anna and Extra are seniors, especially for feral/community cats. We’ve been here nine years, and Anna was found within months after our arrival in Austin. She was already a mature adult cat when she birthed her litter.

Those beautiful blue eyes are so enticing, it’s tempting to reach down and pet her. Don’t! There is no hope of taming her. We had that thought too. This lady is hard core, don’t-touch-me, feral. She lives a good life with patio furniture to lounge on, a friend to play with, and good food and water, not to mention the squirrels and birds for entertainment.