This is Sam.
Sam is a part of the menagerie because the people who lived behind us were evicted. We did not want another mouth to feed, but someone had to make sure this cat got something to eat when the neighbors were kicked out. She’s an outdoor cat for the most part.
She is a very sweet and friendly cat, but she is also a killer. Every day it seems some unfortunate small animal has met Sam’s claws. She leaves the carcasses where we’ll see them, because that’s how we know she loves us. (Either that or she’s telling us, “Stop feeding me and you’re next.”) Rats, field mice, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, small aircraft – Sam has killed them all.