The Cats of University Heights: Roly Poly

Meet the second feline featured in this limited series. From Scruffy we go to Roly Poly (real name unknown). He and I first crossed paths on July 8, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. PDT a few meters onto Cleveland Ave. where it meets Monroe. He couldn’t stay still for long—moving from rolling around on the sidewalk to pestering a black cat meowing and growling on the other side of a hedge to lying flat. He preoccupied most of the time tormenting the hidden beast that I occasionally could see behind the brush.

I shot Roly’s portrait, the Featured Image, using iPhone 6s Plus. Vitals: f/2.2, ISO 32, 1/120 sec, 4.15mm.


His spirit and energy feels youthful, which his oversize paws suggest. Roly Poly is likely part Maine Coon, which tend to grow into large beasts over five years. How is 11 kilos (25 lbs)? This gorgeous fluffball is nowhere near as large, but those paws suggest he one day could be. Hence, my thinking he is young yet.

The second photo is from the third sighting, on Oct. 3, 2016 at 4:41 p.m. I captured the moment using iPhone 7 Plus. Vitals: f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/512 sec, 3.99mm. He hung out at the same spot as before but alone.