I’m still amazed that our “cat prison” is so unostentatious. Of course it’s not invisible, but I guess that many people passing our house have never noticed it.
Keep in mind that our balcony is at the center of attention on this picture. I first wanted to show the exterior wall as a whole, but didn’t feel comfortable displaying our house. So you’ve to take my word that our balcony doesn’t really stick out if you don’t focus on it.
The net is actually really invisible, but you can see the poles. I originally wanted to buy adjustable metallic poles, but I’m glad I listened to Karin from the Catio Tales who advised me on getting wooden poles. Metallic poles are not only more expensive and visible, but also harder to work with. I did pay a little extra to get high-qualitative wood: the poles are designed for fences and will thus withstand snow and rain (famous last words?). I paid about 70 € ($80) for the wood.
We are superstars! Mom was surprised when the Funny Farmer Felines asked us to give an interview for the magazine Mousebreath. Why was she so surprised? We’re most beautiful and clever – no wonder that major magazines are standing in line to get an interview with us!
Our human isn’t as gorgeous as we, but she sure will also become famous one day – in her own niche so to say: she’d do great on comedy and epic fail shows!
Let’s take the question How did you all come to live together? as an example. We already shared a funny misunderstanding in our interview, but there’s more to the story: the staff of our shelter had a good laugh after Mom’s first visit.
Our human is very afraid of spiders and hoped that cats, being brave predators, would exterminate all eight-legged devils. Can you believe that she actually asked the staff if they had ever seen us chasing spiders?? Now, shelters are certainly used to weird questions, but they never had someone asking for a spider executioner. Oh yes, you bet we all had a blast!
Tessa with her most evil laughter
In case you’re wondering: we are indeed interested in spiders, but we hardly ever kill them. You all know that we cats love to play with our prey. We often catch spiders, but we won’t kill them right away because we want to play with them first. However, spiders are very fast and often manage to escape alive. Bah.
It’s hard to believe, but Mom doesn’t appreciate our attempts to save her life. She says that she was better off when she knew where the spider was. Knowing that a dangerous spider is hiding somewhere in our apartment freaks her out. Humans! A really ungrateful race. Oh, and on a sidenote: there’s no toxic spiders in Finland – Mom’s hysterical for no reason.
Are your humans as silly as ours? Mom got really excited when she found a heart in our litter tray.
Of course she had to get her cell to take a picture! Humans are so weird. Mom always washes her hands after scooping our litter tray, but touching the screen of her smartphone while cleaning litter trays is of course something totally different.
Why again do humans laugh about cat logic? The logic of cat owners is far more bizarre!
Do you remember that we suddenly started hanging out with each other? Like some kind of cat sisterhood? When our silly human came home yesterday, she was surprised that we didn’t greet her at the door. She almost fainted when she entered the bedroom: Mom can’t remember when she’s last seen us so close to each other.
She had a big smile on her face for the rest of the day and checked upon us every so often – we were sleeping like that for many hours.
Now, we don’t want to say that it’s easy to make humans happy as it is hard work being so close to each other – we should get a lot of treats to recover! That being said, it is actually easy to keep humans wondering. Mom spent a lot of time finding a reason why we suddenly changed our behavior. Is it because we’re somehow “protected” by bumps? Will we eventually start snuggling with each other?
Today, she’s tried to build dens by arranging pillows and blankets under the bed-cover, and of course we’ve ignored her efforts so far. But who knows? Maybe we change our minds one day.
Just because you like the balcony better on sunny days, doesn’t mean that I share your preferences. I like cold and wet surfaces a lot! Didn’t you know that cats are aquatic animals? Or where did you think the saying “it’s raining cats and dogs” comes from?
Have you ever visited a shelter? Have you ever seen all these unwanted cats, waiting in small cages? If yes, you’re likely to agree that the proportion of cats versus humans who want to adopt cats is out of balance.
Tessa and Kajsa at the shelter. Their cage was actually big in comparison!
I admit that I would love to see kittens of Tessa and Kajsa. A small version of Tessa, playing around, destroying my headphones, or a small version of Kajsa bossing me around … so cute it hurts! And so irresponsible that it’d cost lives and a lot of pain. Why? Well, I’d probably find good homes for their kittens, but they would take places away from kittens waiting at shelters.
Again – have you ever been at a shelter and want to tell these cats “Sorry, I want to see kittens of my own cats, which means that you can’t get a great family?”. Eventually, all kittens will become adults, and their chance of finding a family becomes less with every week – new kittens will come, being way cuter than adult cats, and more likely to find families.
Kajsa was very shy and afraid. It took days until she dared to leave her den
Apart from a cat population outnumbering humans who love cats, unneutered cats also face serious health risks like cancer. Unneutered cats are also more likely to destroy your furniture and fight with other cats.
And last, but not least: I know it’s difficult, but please question your friends’ choices when you hear that they want their cats to become pregnant. If you want to experience the joys of living with kittens, ask a shelter if you can host a cat with her kittens until the kittens are old enough to go their own ways! A great way of helping shelters, having a lot of fun and minimizing your own costs. Giving birth and fostering kittens can be very expensive on your own!
Tessa was so happy when I came to play with her at the shelter
This post was part of a great Twitter campaign from UK shelters. Hashtag: #neuteryourpets
Tessa here. I can’t believe it, but all birds disappeared from our backyard! Good news is that we can use our garden again – some of you may remember that we cats were afraid of mad gulls. The flip side – well, we didn’t get to eat the chicks.
Here I’m inspecting our new fence. So weird – do humans really think that a fence will protect our garden from being invaded by crazy gangsta gulls? Don’t they know that birds can fly??
The fence does not only fail to stop birds, but also squirrels. Not that I’m complaining about squirrels in our garden. No, squirrels are indeed guests I highly appreciate!
Mom loves that I can move my whiskers, and it never stops fascinating her that my whiskers stick out when I observe squirrels. Well. Thinking of humans’ confined abilities to move their hair, I’m not surprised, hehe.