As you know, Tux decided to stay about 3 months ago, but it took time to get close to him. Now he lives in a cat house on the porch, has a cat bed for good weather, and eats with Big Mamou there.
In fact they eat right next to one another. No growling, no spitting, no spraying, no slashing. And, Mamou's not exactly a pushover. He's our largest cat, and doesn't put up with much from other cats. Yet, he and Tux act as though they are littermates, they are so mellow around one another.
Why, you may wonder, am I reiterating these things?
Well, now that Tux is more comfortable around us, eats from Dh's hands, etc. and lets us come up from behind him without running, if we don't startle him, Dh got a clear look and Tux is a *whole* male.
My first instinct was *Yikes!* But, that was followed by 2 other thoughts.
1 - Not to panic, there are no (whole) female cats anywhere near here. Not for miles. Which doesn't mean that I'm not planning his neuter, I am. Just that I have time to plan it.
2 - How amazing the earlier listed things are.
He's a whole male around the ultimate male (though not whole.), and there's no fussing or fighting, no spraying, nothing typical of a tomcat at all.
One goes to his food dish, and the other practically brushes by him to go to his dish and eat near him. It's as though they've always lived together, or one came in as a kitten, which neither did.
This also explains his rounder head. We were just noticing his cheek shape the other day.
I'm not complaining that he's such a gentleman, nor that Mamou seems to have made an exception with him, but it was a surprise.
Wouldn't it have been a surprise if he had been a girl?!
I wonder if, once he is fixed, he'll be more interested in becoming a housecat? We'll eventually find out.
Oh, and the other day, Ds went up to feed Uhura, and he said that he could see Tux right outside the fenceline creeping in the grass.
That, in itself, is not strange, as it's only a few feet up the hill. But, 6' away from him, was the Siamese that we see now and then. Tux was play-stalking him. At least, I think that it was 'play' stalking!
Usually, when we have strays that keep their distance, they come in much closer as it gets deep into fall or winter. So, we shall see how that turns out with the Siamese.
Have a nice evening!
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