Rocky is one of the cats that came with our house when we moved in 6 years ago. I’ll never forget the morning we met him. Sadie was going nuts in the backyard when I let her out for her morning potty. She was barking and bouncing around back and forth in front of the fence at something. I didn’t have my glasses on so I squinted through the morning haze. Is that a raccoon? Is that some sort of little wild cat? I put my glasses on and looked again. That is one huge cat….
Having done Rescue, it is instinctual for me to start feeding the strays to try to coax them into letting me get near enough to capture them to make sure they are spayed or neutered. (I might have even been that crazy neighbor who borrowed your unaltered male cat for a few days to make sure he wasn’t spreading the love around the neighborhood). So I set out on my mission to befriend this huge cat. I started putting food out for him and backing away and watching him eat to let him get used to me and slowly working my way closer and closer until I could Pet him.
It really didn’t take to long to win the big guy over. His heart is through his stomach. We named him Rocky because we had several instances of him boxing the dog, rolling the dog down the stairs and trying to attack a dog that came over for a playdate with Sadie. Rocky is a fighter. We call him our guard kitty because if we leave the property and leave the gate open he sits but the gate guarding, waiting for us to return. If a stray dog happens by Sadie will bounce and park hoping for a new friend and Rocky will pouf up and growl at them, daring them to come in our yard.
Rocky is also a big baby. He loves to be loved on and sneaks in the house when it’s cold or wet. He adores my husband and follows him around like a puppy. Whenever we are outside Rocky appears to hang out with us. He loves to be talked to and scratched.
One of his talents is hunting. Between him and the other outside kitties we have had all sorts of critters left around the yard…frogs, mice, rats, birds a snake… he is definitely in touch with his primal side and for weighing just shy of 20lbs he is surprisingly fast and agile.
I will always refer to him as the cat that came with the house, but if we ever move he is definitely coming with us.