The winter of 2009 was the worst on the mountain in the ten years Kathy and I have lived here. Almost two feet of
snow remained on the ground for weeks due to frigid temperatures. Over the last couple of years I had intermittantly
seen a stray/feral seal lynx point cat. It was very wild and would only show up every six months or so.
When this winter set in, things became desperate for many animals. This little cat came looking for help.
He moved in under the catzebo, which has a solid wooden floor and is built into the hillside. It forms a little cave-like
environment underneath it and provided him a safe haven, but I did have to did him out a couple of times when he got snowed
in. He was very wild and would not even stay to eat if he saw us in the house. Very slowly he tamed and
by February, 2010. He would stay in the yard while being fed and actually get quite close. I originally called he
was female and called him, Sophia, as he was so small and delicate, I was sure he was a she. When he
finally got comfortable to walk with his tail held high, it was obvious he was a he and the name was changed to
By April, he had tamed enough that I decided to try to bring him inside. In addition I knew the black bears would
soon be coming down the mountain and it would no longer be safe to leave food out for him. I trapped him and after vet
check and neutering decided to blend him with the downstairs group. I assumed he would take a long time to adjust, but
it was soon apparent this was a little cat longing for a home and to be loved. He follows me everywhere and is now almost
completely tame. He will even sleep on my chest when I lay on the couch. I originally feared that Mocha might
bully him since he was small and Mocha liked to tease Callie, who is about the same size. To my surprise, however, they
quicky bonded and are now best buds.
Theo's arrival also had a hint of prophesy. Kathy was out of town when I started feeding Theo on a regular basis
just before Christmas. For Christmas, Kathy gave me a little rock painted like a cat she had actually purchased
a few months earlier. When I opened the present, I looked at Kathy and said, "number 17". The rock is painted with
a seal lynx point cat identical to Theo. Kathy said they had cats in all differnt colors, but something drew her to
the seal lynx point, a color that looked nothing like any of my other cats.