After a few cool mornings, Chewbacca enjoys basking in the sun, this Wednesday afternoon. The warm rays feel so good on his fur, while he’s being lazy lying on his lawn chair.
Joshua slipped out the patio door, this afternoon. And the first thing he did, was rubbing all the Winter itchies out and all the good great smell of Spring into his fur. “Spring feels sooo goood! When you gonna grill more chicken for me?” he asked with this particular look in his eyes, when he came around from behind the grill.
My cats always had the freedom to go outdoors. And they really enjoyed it. But Joshua has the tendency to run at large. Therefore we had to pick him up from the shelter twice, since we adopted him five years ago. Well, I still rather do that than find out he became a bobcat or coyote snack. Monday evening, Sara and I witnessed when he almost got run over by a car. Thank goodness, the driver had good reaction and Joshua could leap out of the way in time. But I had enough. I talked to Kevin and insisted we need a catio, the very same night. A catio is a cat cage for the patio or backyard. Yep, I always thought people with a catio are crazy. Now, I’m one of the crazy cat people myself. 😉
Thursday afternoon the catio arrived. And today, Kevin spent a couple of hours to put it together this afternoon. Surprisingly, Joshua stayed in the backyard. He was curious what Daddy is building on the patio. Chewbacca was nowhere seen for a couple of hours. Once the cage was ready, we put Joshua in it to check it out. He did not like it at first. And he probably still don’t like it. But when Chewbacca came around to check this new box-like thingy out, Joshua calmed down. He began to enjoy the last rays of the afternoon Sun. Chewbacca wasn’t so sure about this new place either. But he liked the fact, he can watch “Cat Food Network” in the great outdoors, instead from behind the patio door. So all is good for him. Time will tell, if this was a good investment.
Joshua was bouncing and prowling to catch that particular mouse in the backyard for a couple of days. Today when Kevin was done uninstalling the Christmas lights, Joshua came around the corner and laid the dead mouse carefully right in front of his feet. Joshua looked at Kevin: “Are you eating it or not? If not, I will dig in!” But before that happened, I swooped up the mouse with a bag and threw it in the trash can. Sorry, but I don’t like mouse guts all over my garage and driveway. The mouse fed the purpose for Joshua’s hunting skills. Instead of mouse, Josh’ got some mashed ‘taters with a little bit of gravy.
Yesterday was Joshua’s 8th Birthday. And today is an even more important day for him. Five years ago a three old cat sat in the shelter and was looking for a furever home, before he came to our household. Since then, he became a great member of our family.
Happy belated Birthday & Adoption Anniversary, Josh’!
Every Christmas season as soon as we put up the tree, Finley waited patiently until we laid the skirt down under the tree. From that moment on, he took his cat naps under the Christmas tree until the season was over. Finley was very protective with his favorite spot as well. No other pet was allowed under the tree. And we had to re-arrange the presents in a certain way, so he could still take his naps there.
We really miss this cat very much. It is the first season without him napping under the tree. And even when Finley is not around us physically anymore, he is still with us in spirit for the last five months. Run free, Finley!