Domino in the Winter

Domino in the Winter

ZOE MICHAUX

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If you ever walked by the FAC in the West Mall, you may have a noticed the black and white cat, Domino, that inhabits the bushes. Domino is a purely outdoor cat that is fed by faculty at UT and beloved by students. However as the temperatures remain cold, many wonder — is Domino safe?

Cats are extremely resilient and able to survive in all different situations. It even snowed in Austin, last January, yet Domino is here alive and well. What is his secret? That little cat house couldn’t possibly provide enough warmth or protection in harsh weather. Instead, Domino goes under the FAC. If you look carefully, you may even find the hole he uses to seek refuge. Under the FAC, Domino is safe away from the rain, and can stay warm using the residual heat of the building and the pipes.

Domino also gains weight in the winter to protect from the cold. If you’ve seen him recently you may have noticed he’s gotten a little thicc, but that extra chonk will only help him. Now, his weight gain may not have been intentional, and instead caused by the start of the school year bringing an influx of students, who give him food. Hopefully, he will stay warm throughout this winter, and lose the extra weight when the temperatures warm up.



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