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08 May 2014 @ 10:14 pm
Part time cat and other wildlife  
There's been a black cat hanging around my house for a while now. Up until recently I'd only caught glimpses of him, a darker streak in the nighttime, but two weeks ago he was at my outdoor setting when I walked outside. I don't know which of us was most startled; we both stopped in our tracks at first, but when he realised I wasn't moving he let out a cautious "mew?". I said hello back to him and that seemed to break the stalemate; his tail went up and suddenly he was weaving around my legs and head-butting my shins. He let me pat him, and I could feel his backbone so what else was I to do but put a bit of meat down for him. He hoovered it up, not stopping to chew at all, so then I rescued all the uneaten cat bikkies from that day - normally I'd throw them onto the lawn for the birds, but now they're his.

I don't know where he goes through the day, I only ever see him at night. At first he wouldn't appear until I came downstairs to prepare my cats' dinners, but now he meets me at the side gate when I get home from work. He must have an owner, surely, but he's doing a good job of acting like starving-cat in the meantime.

And I have possums! Well, not in the sense of owning them, but in the sense of having them living in the gap between the floors of my house. When the rear deck was built a small section of under-eaves was left open, right above my electricity meter box, and now the wall between the box and the gap in eaves has tiny little footprints all over. When it's first getting dark I can hear scratching sounds from underneath the floorboards, which had me really puzzled until I found the footprints. I'll have to wait until they've left to go foraging one night and then block the gap with chicken wire or something until I can get a builder to come and repair it properly.
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ali15son: pic#122348257ali15son on May 8th, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
Well if you could see me right now , I have a mouse under the bath ..that is my worst phobia it ran out in front of me the other day and I was hyperventilating , but it has took the poison I put down so hopefully it will be dead and not before time , I hope you get your problem sorted soon.
miwahni: Pros Partnersmiwahni on May 10th, 2014 07:53 am (UTC)
I hear you - if it was a snake I wouldn't be using the bathroom until I knew it was gone! I saw a snake in my backyard once, and stayed inside for the rest of the day.
mrua7mrua7 on May 8th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ah you have a friend for life...as long as the food lasts. Hmm, was he skinny when he first came around? If he has an owner, maybe they're not feeding him well. I've known of a few people who toss their cats out at night to fend and feed for themselves.

If you're going to have a pet, treat it like one and not something you toss aside for the night...or conveneince. Who know's maybe the owner can't afford to feed him too. There's endless possibilites aren't there.

And then he could just be a stray who's found a friend and a meal ticket.
miwahni: Cats Snookymiwahni on May 10th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
He was a bit skinny, but not too bad... I could feel his spine but his ribs weren't sticking out, and his coat was still glossy. I reckon he has a home but is dropping by mine for a top-up. Cheeky boy turned up for breakfast yesterday as well as dinner.
mrua7mrua7 on May 10th, 2014 10:30 am (UTC)
He's a smart one, and I guess he likes what you serve better than what he gets at home!
miwahni: Cats BIrmanmiwahni on May 10th, 2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
All he gets from me are the bikkies that my cats don't eat during the day, but he's not fussy. The occasional bit of meat, or a 65 cent can of home-brand cat casserole, but nothing fancy at all. Still, he braved the storms last Friday to turn up so he must be enjoying.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on May 8th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)

So it's true what they say about black cats being lucky... well, he did find you. :D
miwahni: Cats BIrmanmiwahni on May 10th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
Lucky for him, at any rate! *g* I must have "soft touch" written on my forehead.
moonlightmead on May 8th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
I have heard many stories of cats that visit house after house collecting meal after meal, but they are not usually skinny! Glad that you have acquired at least a share in this one.

Possums? Ooh. I don't know the first thing about possums. We don't have them. Are they a nuisance? Do they chew things or poo on things or bite? Or are they cute and fluffy and sweet? How big are they? I always imagined them as quite large, but little tiny footprints...maybe they aren't?
miwahni: Pros Checkmatesmiwahni on May 10th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
The possums at mine are about the size of a smallish cat. They're not dangerous (although they will bite if you make the mistake of picking them up) but are noisy as anything, especially if they make a home inside your roof cavity - or, like at mine, in between floors. My main worry is that they will pee on the downstairs ceiling. I actually like having the wildlife living in my yard, just maybe not quite *so* close.
moonlightmead on May 10th, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
Oh, coo, they are quite big then. And I'm with you: wildlife up to the outside wall is lovely and nice, but inside: no. Out they go! Chewing the house must be noisy, and peeing is just rude :)