is such a delightful part of the CR!FR family, although he didn't start
out that way. When he first arrived, it was evident he'd once
been someone's pet (although they'd failed to have him neutered). He
was so sweet & cuddly & seemed very happy & appreciative
of his new home.
had a dark side, though; he was quite ferocious to certain cats & Max,
our adopted American Eskimo
chase Max very aggressively, slashing & hissing. Poor Max has
no qualm with cats & didn't take kindly to this harassment;
& get very agitated. Austin always kept an angry eye on Max,
who gave him extra-wide berth. He was similarly aggressive to other
Many times did Austin have
to cool off in a crate
after attacking an other cat. It was causing concern just how to
deal with this domineering ol' grandad.
Austin is on the plump side
these days, making a perfect
the problem solved itself over time. After getting neutered & a
little plump, Austin became very mellow. He couldn't be bothered
to pick fights, he'd rather snooze or play with his pals, Moonpie's
kittens. Eventually, Austin's sweet side completely overtook his aggressive
side & he became the affectionate grandfather-figure of the Tribe
(he's probably related to several from the Turnpike). The kittens
got lots of attention & love
from ol' Grandad when they were younger. Austin was often surrounded
grooming them or curled up sleeping together.
Big Austin is happy just to laze around until mealtime or a play string
gets his attention. He has the funniest creaky loud old meow.
He loves chin scratches & big hugs & will literally climb up
you like a tree to get some.
He's a very dear old fellow.
The colony Austin
was rescued from.