She may not look like it, but this little girl in the photo above is a wild one. Her name is Terra and she hates just about every cat we have. If one even looks at her for more than a few seconds, it’s on. The strange thing is that when we first got her as a kitten, she was adorable. You could hold and stroke her, and she even slept with us at night. As soon as she got outside however, things changed. For Terra, it was the call of the wild. She refused to come inside, would hiss and take swipes at any cat that got near her. We even bought a big dog house large enough for all the outside cats to sleep in with room to spare. The problem was that she liked to sleep by the entrance of the dog house, and instead of dealing with her nasty temper, the other cats would rather sleep out in the cold or rain then to deal with her. This of course led to the endless array of boxes, dog houses, and beds that line our covered deck to accommodate everyone else. Sheila and I are lucky if we can even get close enough to scratch her chin. In fact, since Terra refuses to groom herself, Sheila has to trick her into a box with some food so she can run up to the vet where they put Terra under so she can bathe and brush her. Then she has to get home before Terra wakes up so she can release her back into the wild so to speak. Despite all of this I really do like her, and although she is generally distant, she can be sweet when she wants to be. In this photo I happened to catch her sleeping in the sunlight standing up.
Canon 5D mark II, EF 85 1.2 L, ISO 100, 1/1000 @ f/3.5