Gayle Ferguson, who is raising Jerry Coyne the Cat and his four female siblings, all abandoned at the tender age of three weeks, gives us photographs of Jerry and his littermates, as well as an update. The photos are in order at the bottom. Gayle’s notes:
1. Jerry after his bath last night.
2. Play-fighting with his sister Isis.
3. Being generally cute.
4. Asleep in a pile with three of his siblings (Jerry is the bottom cat. Cat on top of the pile is Hoover).
Not clear yet who the dominant cats are. Hoover is the biggest and the most dominant feeder. She jumps to attention when she detects the milk and when she was really hungry she would attack the syringe and swat it furiously then screech like a tortured kitten when the milk didn’t go inside her mouth straight away. She’s the most aggressive, and also seems to frighten easily.
Jerry has the loudest miaow. He’s toned it down recently, but he’s definitely not shy about telling me when he wants more noms!
Isis is the most affectionate and the loudest purrer. Ginger girl likes to sit and look at me until she catches my eye, then she miaows!
By the way, several readers suggested, based on an earlier photo, that Jerry Coyne might be polydactylous. I asked Gayle to count his toes, and here’s her reply:
He’s got the normal number of toes. It’s just that his toes are very fluffy.