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. If you know cats, you know that’s very unusual.
As soon as possible, we rounded them all up and made a clinic appointment for TNR. Luckily, that was the first year of Austin’s TNR program in 2006. Some 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 eleven years in 2018, and Anna was found within months after our arrival in Austin. She was already a mature adult cat when she birthed her litter. That makes her at least 13, more likely 14-15.
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 stays in the yard now in her senior years. That’s good. She lives a good life with patio furniture to lounge on, a friend to play with, heated and cooled shelter, a warm bed, and good food and water, not to mention the squirrels and birds for entertainment.