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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Invasion of the black tomcats **Update - good news!**

A few nights ago, I found a black shorthair tomcat on my porch. He was very vocal, but also very timid, and wouldn't let me come near. Eventually I managed to catch him in my Havahart trap. I put him in my dog crate (while he hollered up a storm -- he's very vocal), made a neuter appointment, and named him Stephen.

So I was quite startled the next night when I came out on the porch and found the same timid black cat yowling at me. I ran back to check the crate, certain he had escaped -- but no, it was a second, almost identical cat! This one has a small white locket on his chest, and happily, appears to be already fixed. I named him Greg.

Stephen and Greg will be joining other neighborhood tomcats Rocky (black with white locket), Stuart (all black), Robert (black with white locket), Tom (all-black longhair). Recent neighbors have also included Toshiro (all black), Buddy (all black), and Cosmo (all-black longhair).

Everytime we think we've reached our statistical maximum of black tomcats, more show up. So far all of them except Tom have been fixed, but my husband thinks they're reproducing by asexual division.
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My goodness, do they have abreeding pair stashed somewhere?


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Aww...to think of all those beautiful black cats without an indoor home. You're so kind to help them, Jet!
Maybe Stephen has some Siamese ancestors. My last black cat (of many!) was mostly Siamese, other than color, and she talked up a storm. What a personality she had! She was a little lost kitten, as most of my cats have been, and almost all have been black.




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Hmm, Greg is certainly talky, so maybe he has some Siamese in him. Stephen just cries a lot (although he's been a little happier since I moved him into a bigger dog crate). About half of the black cats are owned by neighbors (and thankfully fixed), so they may have been imported in from other places. The other half are battle-hardened ferals and may all be related.

My next-door neighbor said that years ago, there was a couple that kept a unfixed girl cat, who had litter after litter. They kept hauling the kittens off to the shelter, year after year. One time they decided to keep one of the kittens -- female -- which they never fixed -- so then there were even more litters! They moved out before I moved in, which is good, because I would have strangled them.

A striking percentage of the cats around here, and in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding, are black and white in some combination. I would love to have them all DNA tested and see how they're related. Not for any activist reason, just because I'm curious. I always wonder if my own black and white cats, who were born wild on the other side of the city, are their distant cousins.

However, I aim to keep that family tree from sprouting any new branches, at least in my yard.
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we also have a predominantly black and white collection of strays ...also not contributing to the local population anymore

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we also have a predominantly black and white collection of strays ...also not contributing to the local population anymore
Heh! Glad to hear it.

He's hard to see, but here's a photo of Stephen. He likes the big crate because he can hide far enough back in it to avoid me petting him. Also, he refused to look at the camera until I made raspberry noises at him.


His eyes are actually much prettier than that, like a pale shade of lemon-lime.
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Stephen is so very handsome!

How do you get such true colors? I have blue eyed cats and their eyes are very light, with no pupil or iris. Other than no flash, is there anything I can do? None of the programs for red eye work. This is my bridge kitty, Precious. (very precious to me) It's small, but you can see what I mean.






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Precious looks very pretty! I can't see her eyes that well on my small monitor, but they look green. Do they come out glowing? My cats' eyes sometimes come out that way, like a green version of red-eye.

I never think that the colors are very accurate. My girl Hinata has yellow eyes, but here they look Halloween orange! Plus with black cats, you can barely tell that they have noses.

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I sit here laughing. My sister adopted a black cat. I told her look at her nose it is so black look at her lips they are so black. She laughs and says ya that is why they are called black cats. All my babies have pink noses and pink mouths. LOL. I love black cats but don't tell my babies.

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I love black cats too! They're like black satin, aren't they?


The pictures of my cats don't show eyes, only a glow. I know this is a bigger problem with blue eyed cats, but it's a real disappointment that all of their pictures come back like that!




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