Kevin got the outdoor chores done, this morning: the Halloween decoration went back in the garage and the attic; the bushes around the house needed to be trimmed; the grass got mowed; and the quarterly bug spraying was done. The cats hung out in the backyard in the meantime. Joshua roamed around and was so eager to get into the attic. Kevin had to pull him out of there a few times. But Chewbacca rather jumped in the tree to get to the catio roof. There he just enjoyed the wind blowing through his fur, while he watched the world from above the ground. This time of the year, he really enjoys being outdoors. It’s not too hot and not too cold. Temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s (20º – 22ºC) are perfect for him. He doesn’t mind the wind gusts, as long as he finds a good spot to relax.
Sneaky Joshua got out the door, when Sara let the dogs in the backyard this morning. First he checked out the neighbor’s yard. But when he heard Sara playing outside, he came right back. Two birds sat on our roof. Joshua wouldn’t be a cat, if he was not on one of his hunting sprees. So, he climbed up the tree and jumped on top the roof. Of course, the birds were smart and flew off. Joshua used the opportunity of his freedom and stayed on a roof a little bit longer, before he came done the tree and jumped in my arms.
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.