Saturday, January 2, 2016

Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year

Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year

Sarah the Tuxedo Cat


Almost every  year that we lived in Templeton the tenants who have shared our property have had at least one cat. Some we adopted when they left. Some we fostered until tenants who had vacated had a place for their cats. Some, unfortunately, crossed the Rainbow Bridge.Of all the neighbor cats I will be missing this year, Sarah has become my  favorite. She is pictured here. Read more about Sarah and see several photos of her with her sidekick, Garfield in my post Our Home-Grown Extortion Cats on  Persona Paper. You can register to write at Persona Paper yourself, but you don't have to register to read posts there.

Sarah was a good hunter. Unfortunately, she enjoyed catching lizards that liked to hang around our porch in Templeton. One day I had my video camera with me while she was after a lizard. You might enjoy watching Sarah and the lizard in action. This time Sarah thought she had her prize, but it kept escaping. She lets us know what she thinks about that. And do watch the lizard's tail after it's detached.


Trouble, the White Cat, Lived Up to Her Name


Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
One neighbor had two prized cats they kept on a leash outside so they wouldn't run away.  They fed many other cats that were feral or kittens of the two  they had. I've never been sure. When they moved, they took only the two cats they cared about with them. They left five behind with us, three of which were totally feral cats and two which were not so afraid of humans. We continued to feed them, give them water, and pet the two who would let us.  We became very fond of Trouble, who lived up to her name in every way. This is Trouble.

Trouble was a white cat and small for her age. Her voice and personality made me think she was part Siamese. She always wanted to come into the house, and the only way to get her out was to shut the door to the outside. Then she would run to the door to get out. While we were waiting for her to get old enough to spay, she got pregnant.

Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
One day she came to breakfast skinny again. It took weeks before we could locate the kittens, whom she had hidden behind some boards that were leaning against the wall of the inside of the pump house. It had a cat door. We found the five kittens too late to socialize them, but we had lots of fun watching them play.

One lasted only a couple of days. It was puny from the beginning.  The ones who remained were Piggy, another black one whose name I don't remember, Richie, and Smudgie. This photo shows Smudgie (the white one) and  Richie climbing a tree. You can click any photo to enlarge it.

Pumpkin, the Tabby Cat, Was the Easiest to Get Along With


Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
One of the sweetest neighbor cats I've had was Pumpkin. She belonged to a former tenant and was much loved and well taken care of. She got to roam the property during the day with the other cats in her family, but they all were put back in the house at night. After the tenant moved, she still didn't have a place that would take cats, so we got to foster them for a few weeks. I really wish we could have kept them, but they were finally picked up and taken to their new home.

After having Pumpkin as my feline friend for several years, I really miss not having her around. She visited me often. I used to leave this old chair beside my sliding glass door to put things I was carrying down on while opening the door. The cats decided it was theirs.

Pumpkin was affectionate, a great hunter who kept the mice and gophers under control, and  a good lap cat. Here are some of the other photos I took of her over the years.

Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
Pumpkin Enjoying the Mallow Plants, © B. Radisavljevic


Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
Pumpkin Looking Up at Me, © B. Radisavljevic


Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
Pumpkin Stretching, © B. Radisavljevic


Neighbor Cats I Will Be Missing This Year
Pumpkin Eating Gopher, © B. Radisavljevic

I hope you've enjoyed meeting the neighbor cats whom I've cared about, even  though they weren't legally mine. Here are some of the ways I've made them live forever at Zazzle.






Ornament: Black Tuxedo Cat Sitting Square Metal Christmas Ornament
Ornament: Black Tuxedo Cat Sitting Square Metal Christmas Ornament
Create personalized picture Christmas ornaments at zazzle.com
You can make your pet a memorial ornament, too.