Finally! Jacoby thought as his human unzipped the door to his den. As much as he loved what she called his “mancave,” it got boring in there after a while. He ran out and checked the girls’ bowls. They were all empty, as usual, but it never hurt to check.
There were three other cats who lived in Jacoby’s territory. They were all older than him; ordinarily, that would have made it their territory that Jacoby lived in, but Jacoby was not most cats. Besides, he was the only male cat, so that made it his territory.
Tessie was the senior female. When Jacoby had first come to live with his human, she had taken care of him as though he was her own kitten. She mothered Kylie, too, but Jacoby was the only one who really enjoyed her ministrations.
Kylie was the second oldest female. She was almost as old as Jacoby’s real mother, but she acted more like Jacoby’s sister. She was all white, and of all the cats in the territory, she was the one who was born close by.
Angel was the other female. She was an Abyssinian, like him, but she was…different. She had had a difficult kittenhood and had actually spent time in a place she called a “shelter.” Jacoby didn’t really understand what she meant; she described it as being “like the vet,” but Jacoby thought the vet was a pretty fun place. Okay, it smelled funny and there were dogs there, but the people all really liked him and he felt welcome there. Angel had also been sick when she was young and had, as a result, lost one of her eyes. She said it didn’t hurt, but it did make her very nervous. Tessie actually didn’t appreciate Angel living in their territory and bullied Angel often. Angel would then take it out on Jacoby. Jacoby didn’t mind, but her endless hissing at him did get old after a while.
She also ate as much and as quickly as he did, and she was let out of the bedroom before he was let out of his den, which is why there wasn’t any food in the girls’ bowls when he tried to eat it. Living with another Aby did have its drawbacks.
Jacoby went over to the sun-splashed windowsill and looked outside. It seemed like it was nice today. Maybe his human would want to go for a walk with him. Jacoby always enjoyed when his human took him on adventures with her.