Whether people dumped unwanted cats on the campus of Tainan Theological College while we resided there or not, the campus seemed to attract a few at all times. Controlled access meant fewer motor scooters to dodge, and the abundant trees and age of the buildings may have given scope for more avian and rodent life (living cat food) to make the living easy.
Stray cats are not necessarily spayed or neutered in Taiwan. The view from behind occasional passing toms made this abundantly clear. The howls from females in heat was an audible clue. During our final 6 months on campus I heard the caterwauls from just outside our front window and espied “cat sex” in action on the front walk. I wanted to shout, “get a room”, but left the happy couple to continue outside of my gaze.
Far from there now, and it being spring here, a few days ago I glanced up towards a wire leading to the house next door upon hearing enthusiastic chirping from a pair of sparrows similarly engaged.
I guess it’s the time of year.
David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.