Here it is, the first official photo of Not Cat. Beautiful or what?
By last night I’d had Not Cat some seventy-two hours, but given the flea scenario and then the trip to Mother’s, I’d given him less attention and fewer cuddles than you might expect. Which I offer as way of excuse for my belated discovery.
After we left Mother’s flat and were back in the guest room, I put some fresh food down for Not Cat and then began to prepare for bed. He sauntered over and I watched him go. His backlegs seemed strangely stiff; he had a John Wayne after a long day in the saddle look about him. Onto my mind’s eye flashed an image of Sonny, our semi-feral and local kitten father and the way he walks.
His meal over, Not Cat came over to me and rolled on his back. Much less squirmy than previously. I sat on the floor with him, and rubbed his tummy, and took a look at his nether regions. His testicles were tucked discreetly under the base of his tail.
At home in London, there’s a new ginger who has appeared locally, and you certainly don’t need binoculars to see he’s intact. He carries his tail proudly aloft as though more than happy to display his virility, a bit like men who wear unfeasibly tight jeans. Sonny favours the lowered tail; Mysterious Macho, the feline equivalent of baggy trousers; surf shorts rather than Speedos.
I was told Not Cat was about three years old. But he’s not spraying, and he’s certainly not a Smelly Tom. Could he be a very young male cat whose testicles have not yet fully descended? I searched my brain for information about young male cats sexual development and found I know next to nothing about the subject. Despite years of watching Animal Hospital and Pet Rescue, I am completely ignorant on the subject of descended and undescended testicles in cats. I blame Rolf.
Let’s recap; I wanted a ginger, feisty, older, neutered cat, with a thick tail and a stocky build. I’ve got a ginger, sweet, intact, possibly very young cat, with a thick tail and a slight build. Would I swap him? No way. Or at least not unless he starts spraying before the snip.
The irony of it all. Cat was neutered and macho. Not Cat is intact and is not macho at all, unless that’s going to come into his make up when he grows up. I had even been wondering if he might be that rare animal, a female ginger cat.
I’m looking forward to what the vet says.