Rock Cat was a beautiful brown and white, male cat that lived in the rocks at the beach between the Shores and the Amphib Base. A very kind lady that worked at the Amphib Base trapped him as a young, feral kitten and had him neutered. Then she released him back to where she found him. He lived quietly on his rocks at the beach for 17 years. He was well known by the locals. He sunned himself on the rocks and watched surfers as they passed by on their way to the ocean to ride the waves.
He watched gleeful families as they took their chairs, beach balls, umbrellas and picnic baskets to their favorite spots on the beach for the day. He watched runners and dog walkers as they went by him. He saw many classes of young men participating in Navy Seal Training as they ran past. At night he watched the fishermen as they put their lines into the water in hopes of getting a good catch. He saw beautiful sunsets and sunrises. He heard the helicopters and jets fly over and the fireworks from the Hotel Del Coronado. For many years on a daily basis Miss Ellie fed Rock Cat. When Miss Ellie couldn’t feed him any more Mr. Ed took over. Then Claudene became the substitute feeder when others were unavailable to do so. In January of 2016 Coronado had some very bad winter storms. There were crashing waves and lots of beach erosion and king tides.
It was during one of the king tides that the sand started washing away from his rocks and it became apparent very quickly that Rock Cat would soon have no home. It was at this point that Claudene took Rock Cat home with her. For ten months he lived in her garage and backyard. He was very content in his new home where he was safe and dry and warm no matter what the weather was. He became good friends with Claudene’s cat named Charlie. When Charlie took his walks on a leash around the neighborhood, Rock Cat followed along. Rock Cat loved his new buddy Charlie. Even though Rock Cat was feral and most people could not touch him, he learned to trust a few people. He enjoyed being petted and even took long naps on the lap of his most trusted friend, Claudene.
In November of 2016 Rock Cat passed away at 18 years old. His friends had a memorial service for him and spread his ashes at his home on the rocks at the beach. They shared wonderful stories about him and left red roses on his rocks. Rock Cat is missed by all that ever had the privilege of knowing him.