Outdoors

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!

tessa nov2015

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!

 

kajsa nov2015

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!

tessa nov2015

I’m sure I saw a squirrel somewhere?

funny cats in trees

tessa nov2015

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.

mommy nov2015

How Cats Solve Problems

To be fair, not only Tessa got stuck on a tree, but also Kajsa. She had of course her own way of handling this situation.

how cats solve problems

 Both learned their lesson though. They’re now great climbers – in both directions!

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.

mommy nov2015

 

About a cat, a dog and a birch

Tessa and Kaja: We were so pleased that you acknowledged our mighty climbing skills yesterday. We’re talented, young and strong girlcats, and trees are our natural habitat. You may even call us the squirrels of all cats! Of course we get down safely! Gotta dash now to boss the cat sitter around. Mom still wants to write something, but we’re offline now.

The adventures of Tessa and me

It’s true, they are nowadays experts on trees. However, there were some minor incidents when they started their tree carrier.

cat is too afraid to come down the tree

Tessa and I were taking a walk when we met a woman with a dog. She didn’t know whether her dog liked cats. I wasn’t sure about Tessa either, but I wanted to give it a try. Everything seemed fine: both were peaceful and curious about each other, but suddenly the dog snarled at Tessa. My brave idiot (the dog was twice her size) snarled back.

cat climbed too high“Oh, so he DOES hunt cats after all – he kills hares!” Eh… Tessa is smaller than the hares in our area!! I panicked and picked Tessa up. Maybe not the best way to deal with a scared cat, but she really appreciated my support: she climbed on my shoulder, and put all her claws deep into my skin. Ouch.

The woman went away, and Tessa run as fast as she could to the closest tree. Great – I think we both needed a break. However, our adventure wasn’t over yet: turned out that 4 meters (13 ft) were too high for her. She didn’t know how to climb down.

Wonderful. We were actually quite close to our home, but I couldn’t leave her because of the leash. So I was waiting under this very birch. And waiting. And waiting. I think my whole neighborhood knows this crazy woman with her cat by now. She finally decided to give it a try after 2 hours. Hallelujah.

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

Back To School

cat searching for miceOne weekend later and I’m still too tired. I need all my spare time to relax, watch silly tv shows, and, most important, spend a lot of time with Kajsa and Tessa.

Real life is always more important than a blog, and I don’t have much energy left. I’m sure that most bloggers know what I’m talking about. I decided to take a “longer” break (don’t know for how long, I assume 2-3 weeks?), and be “really back” when I’m back: a longer break now, but regular posts after the break.

Thank you for visiting us, and I’m looking forward to write new posts when I’m back!

I’ve to link to a sad posting now: Ellen’s Lucy has gone over the Rainbow Bridge, and I’m very sorry for her loss.

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