I'm not sure when this all started, but our deck and backyard seem to have become a haven for kitties. Granted, we have a bowl of food on the back deck for our cat, Jacques J. Kittywitty, that naturally attracts visitors, mainly of the possum and raccoon variety. They, as interlopers on my deck, have also become target practice that meets with varying degrees of success. The many dings in our deck railings from our errant BB fires stands as a testament that most escape unharmed.
Anyhow, we have been visited daily for the last few weeks by a cute orange and white tabby, affectionately known by my children as "The Foreign Kitty." And everyday one of the kids will excitedly report a Foreign Kitty sighting. It seemed harmless enough and my own cat has up to date rabies shots so we didn't think much of it.
Until the foreigners increased.
Eion and I were working one morning when he yelled out, "It's the Foreign Kitty!" We saw him about an hour earlier so I told E, "Yes, yes - now get back to work." But no, he told me, this was a NEW Foreign Kitty. Lo and behold, it was.
Add to that a third cat, black but not ours, and we have damn near a kitty rescue mission going down here.
Jacques, ever the pacifist (or coward), will watch without interfering as these guests eat his food and take their leave.
You know, there is a little Meow Mix out there but you would think the word would be out on the streets with the feline persuasion - this is the woman who (accidentally) smooshed one of her own cats. We might want to give her a wide berth. But no, we just keep getting new friends daily.
Seeing as they aren't appropriate target practice, even I have limits, looks like Jacques will have to eat in the garage. If they won't leave? Let's just hope all these cats help keep down the mice population.