Outdoors

On Watch

l hope you all had a great weekend. I’m a bit exhausted because I was very busy with my guarding duties. I’m glad the human went to work today, so I don’t have to protect her all the time.

cat is guarding the house

To be fair – she really tried to make herself useful as she finally got animal tracking books from our library. Mom was very proud of her detective skills when she identified footprints from Leporidae. However, she forgot to measure the size, and doesn’t know whether these belong to a wild rabbit or a hare.

Leporidae footprints in snow hare or rabbit

Sigh. I’m afraid she’ll never become a great hunter. In the opposite to a certain brave, strong and talented predator!

close up cat paws in snow

It’s strange though – Mom thinks that this feline predator doesn’t really know what she’s doing?

cat paws in snow

Eventually, Kajsa joined us, and the felines finally outnumbered humans again.

cats are greeting each other in the snow

 

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Should I stay or should I go

Oh, in case you were wondering why I only showed pictures of Tessa yesterday: Kajsa spends most of her outside time on the doorstep, trying to decide whether she wants to go out. She needed about 30 minutes from the first to the last picture on this post.

cat has difficulties to decide if she wants to go out

She usually stands on three legs with her 4th paw in the air, uncertain if she wants to complete this step or turn around and go inside.

cat and indecision

cat can't decide

cats are poor decision-makers

cats can't decide what they want

Although Kajsa drives me crazy with her indecision, I also appreciate her slow approach: she never manages to go on “smaller excursions” of her own, in the opposite to a certain long-haired cat.

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United We Hunt

Our stupid human is amazed that she always finds new footprints in our garden. Isn’t it sweet that she needs snow to understand that we’re invaded by enemies EVERY DAY? She wants to get a book to identify our “visitors”.

cat walks in snow

But ok, I don’t want to complain: it’s about time that she helps us with our hunting duties! It’s of course silly that she needs a book, but whatever helps her prey… So I left her alone with her footprints because I wanted poultry for dinner.

cat camoflage on trees

I swear I saw a blue tit on this branch! It’s so annoying that they always fly to another tree as soon as I climb up.

cat climbs on snowy trees

And then I have to climb down this tree (please note the snow on the branch, I’m so brave and talented!), and get up another tree… can you believe that they often fly back to the first tree when I finally get there?

cat cimbs on branches with snow

Mom says that I’ll never get poultry this way, but who’s she to say something? I mean, she doesn’t even know what she’s hunting before she gets to a library???

I decided to focus for now on the vegetarian part of our diet. Have a look at this immense plant pot! I can totally imagine our cat nip plants there! Mom had objections, but I ignored her and enjoyed the sun: you gotta take a break every now and then.

cat sunbathes in snow

NOW stop taking pictures and get me some treats!

thoughtful cat in snow

 

tessa nov2015

Penguin vs Cat

I was very confused about Tessa the other day. I knew she was in the garden, but how could she walk on fresh snow without leaving paw prints? Was she inside after all?

And whilst I looked at my own foot prints, noting that I still walk like a penguin, I suddenly saw her: she had found her very own catwalk.

cat doesnt like to walk on snow

 

mommy nov2015

The Bird Feeder Next Door

Do you remember the stairs of our neighbors? They’ve now FINALLY removed all snow from their our stairs and handrail. It’s one of my favorite spots, because I can control the garden and our neighborhood. I also like the bird feeder a lot, and I’m waiting patiently for my big Upcycling Project – I want to turn the bird feeder into a cat feeder!

not so clever cats

It’s strange though – blue tits are never hungry whilst I’m sitting here. Mom said something about a guy called Darwin?? Besides, it’s kind of annoying that she stands three steps away from me with a broom. I wonder what she’s up to? Oh, and pikku Punapippuri , you don’t need to repeat your derogatory comment: yes, we expect the staff to clear our territorial from snow!

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Camouflaged Cat

Our lazy human has finally done something about the snow situation, and cleared a path for us to walk on. Ok, SHE claims that the “catwalk” was primarily made for humans. The snow has began to melt, and that’s why the path is free of snow now. Whatever. We know that she did this for us. She’s just too embarrassed to admit that she’s under our paw.

I really love the new colors of our garden – a perfect camouflage for me. Can you find me on these pictures?

cats with camo color

cat has perfect camouflage

If only the birds and squirrels stayed on our catwalk!

 

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Snow Expedition

Our garden has changed a lot whilst we were in Germany – it’s white and cold now!

abc die katze lief im schnee

These stairs belong to our neighbors. Can you believe that Mom denied us going there for a long time? She was afraid we could bother our new neighbors. Humans are so strange! Luckily we got that sorted out: our neighbors were delighted when we managed to sneak away from Mom to greet them. So now we’re officially allowed to use their stairs, and we love to hang out there.

cat is exploring snow

Not today though. It wasn’t very cold, about -7°C (20°F), but I didn’t want to stay outside. Maybe tomorrow!

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I’m sure I saw a squirrel somewhere?

funny cats in trees

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Postponed Posts show older stories and pictures. So yes, summer and autumn are gone, but we had such a long blog break that we need to catch up.

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Private bouncer

Oh, what I forgot to mention yesterday: the black cat incident happened before Kajsa dared to go out as well. She’s now a regular in our garden. Definitely bad news for the black cat because he tried to “make friends” with her as well. Let’s put it that way – I’ve never seen him in our garden after that. He doesn’t even pass our house when we’re outside: he’s either changing his route or running away as soon as he sees Kajsa.

both cats outside

I’m a bit surprised that she scared him off as she’s much smaller. She has only threatened him once with an arched back, fluffy tail and growling. Oh King P., maybe Aila isn’t that bad after all?

Postponed Posts show older stories and pictures. So yes, summer and early autumn are gone, but we had such a long blog break that we need to catch up.

mommy nov2015

New cats on the block

So yes, we had some adventures during our blog break – but not only with trees.

A black cat came to our garden whilst I was outside with Tessa. S/he was whining and blinked excessively with his/her eyes. There were no signs of aggression. I was naïve and seriously thought that Tessa was making friends.

when outdoor cats meet each other

The black cat moved slowly closer to Tessa.

tom cat meets female cat

… and closer

horny tom cat meets neutered female cat

… until s/he suddenly tried to bite Tessa’s neck, but Tessa was faster and run inside.

Seems like our black bandit is a tom cat who wanted to mate with Tessa. I’m however confused, because I’ve read that spayed cats cannot attract male cats. On the other side, it didn’t look like a territorial fight – he was showing her all the time that she’s the boss. I’m now wondering whether Tessa has been neutered correctly? She’s never been in heat though. I’ll see my vet at the latest in February due to vaccinations. I think we can wait until then – Tessa’s never alone outside, and she’s doing fine.

Do you have any experiences or thoughts? I would really appreciate some help here.

Postponed Posts show older stories and pictures. So yes, summer and early autumn are gone, but we had such a long blog break that we need to catch up.

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