Kim at Fuzzy Tales pointed out that Mama Kitty needs a new name and I agree. For now I'm going with MK until he reveals his name to me. I'm not sure how to name the other two as I would never be able to tell them apart to know which one is which!
Here they all are in a rare group picture. Oliver is at the bottom center. MK (far right) and a sibling are playing with a fake mousie while the other sibling is having some dinner in the Dining Hall.
I'm really liking MK. He's different from the others in that he has a solid watch patch on his chest and a very short but wide tail. This makes it easy to identify him (the other two still look the same to me). MK seems to have a delightfully fun personality.
I've noticed lately that MK has been hanging around more. In fact several evenings, I have seen him hanging out in Oliver's heated house while Oliver lounges on the back porch.
Sibling and MK
And now, for some exciting news!
For the past two evenings, a new kitty has been visiting the yard. The new kitty is also black but tall and thin. (What is it with all the black feral cats?!) It is much taller than Oliver's siblings and a lot thinner than Oliver. It kind of reminds me of how Oliver looked when he started coming around.
I first saw him on Wednesday night as I arrived home after dark. He was out having some dinner at the Dining Hall. Unlike Oliver's family, he wasn't phased by the car or the headlights shinning on him. Sadly, a few minutes later Oliver chased him away.
Then Thursday night, I heard Oliver growling again and sure enough the new kitty was back. I don't think it got any food this time before Oliver chased him away. Now I need to figure out how to get Oliver to play nice and share. There's plenty of food for everyone.
The new guy is persistent as a few hours later, he was back. I went out to find Oliver and the new guy in a stare down. Amazingly, I was able to get Oliver to come to me, but the new kitty headed out. I tried to snap a photo, but my camera focused on the small branch that was right next to me rather than the cat I was trying to get - argh! I lightened up the photo using photoshop and you can kind of see the skinny guy in the dark.
I thought I would give the new kitty an opportunity to eat by distracting Oliver with some loves and string play on the back porch for a good 30 mins, but sadly, the new kitty didn't come back.
While I was playing with Oliver, I noticed that MK came back to the side yard to play. He was all by his lonesome out there and he didn't seem as relaxed as he is when Oliver is with him. A few minutes after I opened the screen porch door to allow Oliver to leave, I noticed MK approaching. I did my best statute pose as I didn't want to scare him off. After a few more minutes he came right up to the back porch door and stood in the entry, about 5 feet away from me, surveying Oliver's porch. He must of stayed there about 10 seconds before heading back out - I was thrilled that he elected to get that close to me!
Never a dull moment here! Now I need to starting working on my plan to TNR this new kitty, but I'm not sure how to accomplish this with Oliver on patrol. I guess it's time to consult with Nancy, my mentor from the Community Cat Coalition group.