Squatty The Stray a.k.a Brutus

Mom often wonders where Squatty goes when he’s not in our yard, so several months ago she followed him as he went up the street, turned right, crossed the road and went into the yard about 4 houses down. She thought maybe that’s where he spends his nights but was never sure.

We know he likes Ken’s house across the street because it gets the morning sun and Ken is kitty friendly. After breakfast at our house, Squatty usually goes to Ken’s and sits against the garage door to soak up the morning sun. He also goes across the street a couple houses down to Kim’s to lay in the bushes.


Last week mom saw Squatty on the corner when she drove home from work. She passed our street to go up to Squatty and tell him to come home for dinner. As she drove around the block to get to our house she hoped Squatty would be on the porch waiting like he usually is, but he wasn’t there.  After coming in and saying “Hi” to me, mom walked up the street to try to find Squatty. She found him at the side of a house eating from a pet food bowl!  On the map, mom labeled it “Other House” in blue.

There was a car in the driveway, so mom – or should I say “crazy cat lady” – knocked on the door. There was a cat perch and beds on the porch and when the doorbell rang, several dogs started barking and a bird started squawking. A lady told them to be quiet, then answered the door and came out to talk to mom.

They talked about Squatty, who the neighbor lady named “Brutus” because she had seen him chase off a bothersome cat. It seems Squatty-Brutus has been frequenting that house for about 5 years. Both mom and the other lady were glad that someone else was looking out for Squatty-Brutus and they agreed that if either of them ever knew that something happened to Squatty-Brutus, they would let the other know.

Mom is glad that Squatty has other houses where he can be safe and even get a meal. But she was sad today when she saw him eating dinner at the other house again and he didn’t come to our porch for dinner. She kept looking for him, but he didn’t come “home” and mom said she misses sitting on the porch and talking to him and making sure he’s ok.

I told mom it’s only been two days and it won’t be long before Squatty is back for a free meal. He’s probably confused about meal times with the time change and the other house happens to have food available.

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22 Responses to Squatty The Stray a.k.a Brutus

  1. Glad he’s got a few places to get foodz.

  2. Summer says:

    I think Squatty is pretty smart to have all those homes!

  3. Squatty/Brutus sounds EXACTLY like our Hobo, who a neighor down the street calls OC (Outside Cat). Neighbors knew the cat when I first encountered him, and they all assumed he belonged to someone else. But he is a feral/stray who’s learned to carve a good-sized territory out. I put out food for him and over time, he became a regular customer. Then, I trapped him and got him neutered, and he hung around for breakfast and dinner, but disappeared the rest of the day. Then, he stopped showing up. I finally tracked him down maybe 10 houses away, and he’s got several people feeding him there. I’d love to see Hobo again, especially since I’ve got a couple of nice warm and snug shelters, but since Patty O’Malley moved in, Hobo doesn’t come around. At least I know he’s being somewhat cared for (don’t know if he’s got shelter or access to fresh water). Keep up your efforts with Squatty, because I’m sure they will pay off someday.

  4. amkuska says:

    What a lucky kitty to have two homes. 🙂 I had a cat growing up who I have no doubts was owned by several someone elses. My parents wouldn’t let the cat come in until she was on her death bed, but I spent every hour I had after school with her. She always came when called and was full of games and fun. I sure miss that cat.

    Hope you’ll join us for NaNo(Meow)Mo, we are telling the story of a homeless dog!

  5. Oh no! I would feel cheated on a little bit. But it’s nice to know that he has options!

  6. Kitty Cat Chronicles says:

    That sounds like a stray that our mom and dad used to feed at our old apartment. He would come on the back porch every evening, and they would feed him. This went on for a few weeks. When he wouldn’t show up for a few days in a row, Mom would get worried too. And then one day mom saw Radagast (that’s what she had named him) with another human being fed. She was disappointed at first, but then thought it was probably pretty good for him to have multiple feeders, since he only came for one meal a day at our house.
    Squatty-Brutus will be back soon!!!

  7. Sounds like Squatty is making the rounds!

  8. It’s nice to know he has all those friends in the neighborhood. The plot thickens – wonder where he came from and who he belonged to. FIVE years? Mowzers!

  9. I think like Summer that Squatty is pretty smart to have all those homes 🙂

  10. Wow, Squatty sure gets around. We’re glad to hear so many are looking out for him.

  11. pilch92 says:

    Squatty sounds like our Spooky that used to be a neighborhood cat til we took him in. It is good that he has more than one watching out for him.

  12. Brian says:

    It is nice to know that Squatty has regular rounds and a schedule to keep.

  13. William says:

    Wow, I wish *I* could get multiple places to feed me! I’d be out there in a heartbeat!

  14. You are right, he is probably just a little confused with the time change. Glad he has lots of places to go too.

  15. Aww… so glad there are other kitty friendly people around that are keen to feed Squatty 🙂

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  16. dezizworld says:

    Oh mommy just hates those kinds of fings too. Hers worries so ovew da stways when they don’t show up. But at least hims bein’ looked aftew.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  17. The Swiss Cats says:

    It’s nice to know that Squatty knows several cat-friendly places ! Purrs

  18. Gattina says:

    My cat Arthur knows all neighbors in the street, and they all know him. He sleeps in their beds, looks for food and is well known as a very social cat, lol ! He also walks with the mailman from mailbox to mailbox !

  19. Squatty sounds an awful lot like Tigger. We will see him regularly every day for weeks and then he will completely disappear for ages and we think he must be a gonna and then he just turns up again!! The Staff can’t follow him as he jumps through the hedge and over several gardens. I think she might get arrested if she did! MOL

  20. Jan K says:

    I’m sure he’ll be back! This reminds me of a book I read as a child “That’s Our Cleo”. If I remember correctly, it was about a cat who roamed a neighborhood being fed by everyone.

  21. McGuffy Ann says:

    This is a great story, and I am sure not over! I foresee more chapters unfolding.
    Thank you for your support regarding Chloe Jo. We appreciate your friendship. ~xo~

  22. Annie says:

    Raven, your mom is so good to watch out for Squatty. How nice to find a neighbor who also cares for him in addition to the other neighbor (Ken). I’m sure he’ll be back.

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