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The grays. I have a lot of gray cats. Most of them are from the Lebanon colony, those 60 cats and kittens left behind by the "A" lady. (A is for asshole).
Sometimes it is not that easy to tell them apart, especially the long hairs.
Most of the summer I don't see many of them very often. They remain out in the cat yard and only come in when I am gone, to cool off in the house, or once the cold and rain start up in the fall.
Every now and then I worry I'm not seeing all of them and flush them out to be sure everyone is ok. The four gray short hairs are easy to distinguish. They are Vino, who is almost tame now;
|Vino, with Slinko behind him. Vino likes being in the house.|
Mopsy, who is outside all summer but in the house and half tame winters;
|Mopsy, sleek and beautiful, with that tiny white chest spot.|
Willy Wonka, the light gray boy with a tiny white chest spot;
|Willy Wonka, a lighter gray boy, with down turned long whiskers and a larger white chest spot.|
and lastly Storm, the most elusive of all the gray short hairs.
|Storm up in the cat run this morning. His hair is slightly longer than the other "short hair" grays and his face more rounded with pronounced whisker "cheeks".|
But he has a roundish head and no white chest spot. Vino has no chest spot either.
If you want to be particular Sam is gray too, but a gray tabby and very friendly.
How time flies. Sam is getting older now. He has his devoted groupies---Mums, Jade, Shady and Juno. Sam's clan! He mostly gets along with everyone here but every now and then goes on a tear of attacking everyone, in evil mischief. Buffy and Mops both love him. However, he does not like Miss Daisy nor does he like Slinko. He used to love Slinko, so something soap operaic has torn them apart of late. Ah, the drama.
The gray long hairs are far more difficult to tell apart. I know my own girl Blueberry well. But as for the four from the Lebanon colony, Bluebell, Gracie, Di Vinci and Hawkeye, they are not that easy to distinguish. So again, now and then, I get freaked and think one is missing and go on a hunt down. Invariably I am able to locate and distinguish each and then feel a bit foolish for the worry.
Di Vinci and Hawkeye do not have white chest spots, but Gracie and Bluebell's distinguishing spots of white can easily vanish into their long hair when sitting.