Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I've had cats as pets since I was a small kid. For some of us it is a way of life.
George is my senior cat; Felix is my junior cat -- both black and whites, one short-haired and the other a just a tad fluffier but, not a long-hair.
This summer, my niece joined my household and added her two cats to the mix: Sebastian, an orange marmalade and Squeakers, a long-haired, mostly black cat and the only female in the crowd. Niece has the basement apartment, separated from the upstairs by a door. Nine months into the four cat model, we have improved mingling but, Squeakers will probably always have supervised visitation. She is truly our little female warrior.
Like any good cat house, I've got cat doors. One door goes from the kitchen to the great outdoors. A 2nd door is at the base of the stairs to the basement. Have blocked the basement - upstairs door so that we've got a more controlled situation. It is the door to the great outdoors that is offering a new challenge.
For years now, I've "plugged" the outdoor cat door every evening; the issue was night time visitors - racoons. First two visits, I didn't even realize it was racoons Third visit was an actual siting and I've been firm about closing the door nightly. My new issue is with the daytime opening of the door. My neighbor's brown mackerel short-hair was invited in by our wacky marmalade, Sebastian. Took the neighbor's cat a while to figure out the working of the cat door but, he has got it figured out and now regularly stops by for bite of food or just to visit.