What does the orange tomcat symbolize?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The orange tom cat is a symbol for survivors. He has managed to escape many calamities throughout the story. He escaped the intended drowning the captain had planned for all the cats, he lived in the ghost house without incident, he escaped capture when they tried to gather up all the cats to give them away, and he survived the hurricane, which few cats managed to do.