This is how much snow we received over the past couple of weeks. The temperature has risen since this picture was taken, so conditions are better. The snow has become crusty and hard and ugly but, undoubtedly, things have improved for the outsider-cats. Mine inside are still doing this.
But the interesting news is that I have observed a new outsider-cat. It was at night, so I couldn’t take a photograph of him. He is a largish fellow, mostly white but with dark spots. He has a white face and ears, and a black cap on the top of his head. His tail is black and bushy; he looks to be a medium-haired cat, at the least.
Parker alerted me to his presence. The new fellow was eating from the food-bowl, then saw us looking at him. He does not appear as skittish as the black cats; he sat on the parapet of the concrete ditch, looking back at us, curious. He probably would have run if I had been outside and approached him, but I suspect he may be accustomed to, and perhaps even comfortable with, human contact, if he knows the person. Eventually, however, he took himself off for the night.
I wonder how he found the Café Cosy. He may have simply been wandering and stumbled upon it, first seeing the water-bowl on its parapet, then the food-bowl below. But I think he may have followed one of the two well-defined sets of tracks in the snow. They are at right angles to each other and converge at the water-bowl. There is no deviation in them, so if a cat saw them, he would think that other cats had a definite and positive goal in mind.
In any case, word seems to be spreading about the food- and water-bowls, about which I am pleased. Their contents are needed not just during the coldest periods but when dirty snow melts into muddy slush and filthy water. I want to see all the tables filled at Café Cosy.