For Tabby Tuesday this week I will introduce you to Woody, age 3, who is one of my 3 tabby cats. His mom is Lily, a feral, and he was one of 4 kittens in her second litter (before I finally caught her to get her spayed.
He is black and grey and was the only tabby in a litter of all white cats and the runt of the litter to boot. He made me think of Charlie Brown as kitten since he was always one step behind all the others and off by himself most days. He was born under the house in the crawlspace and spent his kitten time on my back deck with his siblings. I had places to sit and hide out there and their food bowls. I could watch them through the glass door and screen window.
On one occasion Lily took all the others off to explore the woods behind the house and I guess Woody wasn't paying attention. He got left behind for the whole day. He sat on the deck and wailed for mom but even when she called back to him he was afraid to run across the yard to be with them. She is a no nonsense mom and left him there, not coming back to get him. By suppertime poor Woody was pretty upset! When he finally glimpse Lily and his siblings coming home, he got so excited and ran out to meet them a few feet from the deck. Such a silly boy.
He is very shy still and hides under the chair, behind the chair or on a top shelf in the shelter. I can pet him when I feed him but that is it. He is great at camouflage - his markings are so dark that he blends in with the dark surroundings. He can be out from under the chair and just sit so still you don't notice him at all. My invisible cat!