Friday, August 3, 2012

Call of the Wild

I feel sort of like I'm watching a nature show from my front yard sometimes, a show about wild cats and their habits.

Dimwit next door leaves her garage door propped up so that her cats can come and go, so of course every stray cat in the neighborhood has figured out that there is food in there. They also figured out that it's a good place to give birth. So now instead of 2 or 3 stray cats coming across the street to eat in her garage, she has an entire cat family of mama and three kittens hanging around. Keith told her to shut the garage door and she said 'but what about the kittens?' The feral kittens that are going to make more kittens, and then their kittens will make more kittens, and soon we will have herds of stray cats on our street instead of just 2 or 3.

Anyway, the kittens are getting big enough now to where they are starting to roam. Mama cat was crossing the street the other day, stops in the middle of the street, looks back, and then here come the babies straggling along behind her. She is starting to make the yards across the street part of her territory, using the bushes in the front yards as cover, and going through the broken slat in the fence to the back yards.

This morning I woke up early (not because I really wanted to, just woke up an hour early) and went out to feed Lucy in the dark and saw the three kittens playing on the front sidewalk across the street. They would hide in one clump of bushes and spring out to attack one of their siblings and then hide in the other clump of bushes. It was actually rather amusing watching them, but it won't be quite so amusing when they are grown and reproducing, and I'm sure the already the crankiest people on the block across the street will become even crankier when they discover kittens living in their bushes.

Other than watching stray cats play and being on my own for the next 10 days, it's just hot here and nothing much else is going on. I was watching the weather report and I don't know why they bother, they could just say that each day will be pretty much like the previous, it's just freaking hot out there, folks.

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