The day after moving into my rental house, I had a very unexpected guest: a yellow feline with piercing golden-colored eyes. I’ve always had an affinity for cats and wanted to pet him, but he didn’t allow me to get near.
Years ago, I had two cats, so I know enough about their temperament—and sometimes shyness—toward strangers. My first cat was a calico mixed breed while my second cat, years later, was a stray in the neighborhood that I started to feed. You know what happens when you feed cats … they never go away!
I didn’t want to make that same mistake with Cool Cat, especially as I didn’t know whether he belonged to a neighbor or not. I didn’t know what to make of this little guy. He looked well fed and knew his way around my yard, as if he’d spent lots of time here. I figured he probably belonged to one of the neighbors.
Days and weeks passed, and I noticed he was becoming comfortable seeing me. He probably wondered, “Who is this gringo living in my space?” Every few days or so, he’d come around and just make himself at home walking around, lounging on the patio, sleeping in the driveway, or walking across the rooftops. That’s when I came up with the name “Cool Cat,” because he was very cool and chill.
Update 1: It’s been nearly five months now, but Cool Cat still doesn’t allow me to get close. Obviously, he has some trust issues. About a month ago I noticed he was wearing a pet collar, so he’s likely someone’s pet. I also think he got into a fight with another cat or dog because he had a slight limp on his left hind leg. I hope Cool Cat won the fight and the other cat or dog looks far worse.
Update 2: It’s been almost six months now and Cool Cat still will not allow me to get within 10 feet of him, but he continues to come around, lounge, take naps, lick himself, and poop in our garden.
(Written Before Covid – 19 Outbreak)