We have two outside cats we consider ours. Walter allows us to pet and handle him. He gets his annual exams and his monthly dose of Revolution. We sometimes don’t see him for a couple of weeks at a time. I suspect I know where he goes, but I don’t know for sure. Zelda allowed us to trap her last year, so she has been spayed, examined, and got her first set of vaccinations. Although she’s here almost every day demanding a can (or two) of food, she won’t let us get within reach of her. She has been disdainful of the trap, so her vaccinations are, regretably, not current. She does get a monthly dose of flea medication ground up in her food. I’ve been able to do that for her.
Then there are the cats the game camera captures. The ones that run if I walk around the edge of the porch.
We call this handsome kitty, Black Swirl. He doesn’t have a real name yet (none of these do). I also haven’t seen him in several weeks, but I believe he’s a littermate of Nick’s, from Zelda’s second to last litter.
This kitty has been around the longest, I call him Orange Tabby. I was concerned about his health for awhile, but he seems quite healthy now. He also is a sprayer. I can get within about 15 feet of him before he runs.
This calico girl is a mama cat who spends most of her time 4-5 houses down the block having kittens. I spoke to the man who owns the house she hangs out. He does feed her, but he doesn’t consider her his cat — his cat lives indoors all the time. She’s a pretty girl. I haven’t seen as many kittens down there, so there’s a chance he got her caught and spayed some time in the last six months to a year.
I’m not sure what to make of this kitty. I call it Gray Sock’s Ghost, because it looks just like him. It may be a girl cat. Not sure yet. I was watching it through the window yesterday afternoon and decided to take it a can, but it bolted and ran as I approached the porch with the bowl in my hand. UPDATE: Definitely a boy cat.
It’s been a couple months since I’ve recorded either the raccoon or the opossum on the game camera. I’ll be watching to see what this year brings for this class of neighborhood kitties. I’m sure some of it will be heartbreaking, but you never know.
I don’t want to get too excited just yet, but Lady has had free reign in the house for a couple of weeks now. She’s limping some but seems to be recovering well from her broken foot. She’s not letting it bother her. For the moment all nine cats have been living in relative peace. How long that will last, we do not know, but we remain hopeful. Rossie rarely grants us petting time, but she is visible and present. We consider that a positive. Daisy grants petting privileges when she’s in the petting chair. Sapphire is permitting me to pet her in the morning when she escorts me to the bathroom — which is tremendous progress in her socialization.
Sneaky remains sequestered in the dining room, and that’s the way she likes it. I join her in the recliner at least once a day for 20-60 minutes, and she’s happy about that. Sometimes she waylays Mr. L for the same.
Zelda has been eyeing the door and contemplating if she wants to come inside, but, so far, I’ve been unsuccessful at luring her in. She remains distainful of the trap, so it would appear the only way I’ll be abe to catch her for her annual exam and vaccinations is to earn her trust enough to pick her up and put her into a carrier. We seem to be quite a ways away from that.
Walter is on a different schedule from us. I see him on the game camera, but I haven’t seen him in person for a couple weeks. I expect to see him in the next couple days, because it’s time for me to apply his Revolution, and he always seems to show up on time for that.
Walter has been scarce for the last couple of weeks. He’s made appearances on the Game Camera, so I haven’t been too worried, but I always like to see my guy. This morning he was waiting on the porch, so I hurried out to bring him his can. He anxiously accepted it and the accompanying pets. He warms my heart.
I went out to the side porch this morning to make a video. I hoped Walter might want to be in it, but he wanted nothing to do with video appearances. He was, however, very considerate. Walter is normally very talkative, but while I was making my video, he loafed quietly on the ductwork observing until I was finished.
Walter, except for his proclivity for nipping, is an affectionate cat. We spent a little quality time together this morning on the side porch steps. Delta has been recovering from an injury to her right elbow. It’s been about a week and a half since I noticed her not using … Continue reading →
Walter is extra attentive around the first of the month. It’s as if he knows it’s time for his monthly dose of Revolution. Revolution is especially important for outside cats, because it protects them against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites. All these parasites can make an outdoor kitty’s … Continue reading →
We’re checking in late, but there’s nothing new to report. Rossie puts herself to bed if I am not there to tuck her in at 8 pm. She likes routine. Sapphire hangs out with Sneaky during the day. Mr. L is doing his best to earn Daisy’s affection, and she … Continue reading →
August is Walter’s month to visit Dr. Valeri for his annual exam and vaccinations. He was officially due next week, but yesterday, he was being exceptionally affectionate. Until I brought the carrier over. Then he was under the house so fast, I blinked and I missed him. He has a … Continue reading →
It seems to me, just a few cats have been getting all the attention lately, so I think it’s time for a generic update on everyone. Here goes: Ajax: The old man alpha cat with soul-searching eyes. He’s long, tall, and skinny. He’s Mr. L’s 11-year-old baby. Most of the … Continue reading →
I believe I’ve mentioned Zelda frequently, but I haven’t shared any pictures. The other night, she sprawled on the grass near the side porch long enough to capture a picture of her. She was watching Walter up on the side porch. She and Walter aren’t friends or very friendly with … Continue reading →