Welcome to the first #Caturday of 2019! Your weekly check-in with our family of feral cats.
…And some not-cats, like this lucky raccoon.
The cat house has an internet-connected food dispenser, which has a schedule of set food amounts, plus I can use an app to tell it to dispense additional portions. To avoid attracting wildlife like this raccoon, I normally have the scheduled feedings set to a bit less than what the cats actually eat, and I watch the feeder area via the IP camera there and dispense more if they run out. The goal being to have no food left after dark, when the raccoons and possums are about.
However, while we went away for a late Christmas, I increased the scheduled dispenser amounts, since I wouldn’t be able to watch the camera (it’s only available on our local network, for bandwidth reasons). Apparently the cats weren’t that hungry on this evening, leaving a lot of food for the raccoon, unfortunately:
That naturally encourages the raccoon to come back again, which it did each night. Though the cats seem to be getting used to it, not running away:
Poppy is modeling a high fashion accessory; a cobweb or similar:
All five cats inside:
Another raccoon encounter (and an eye upstairs):
All five again:
An encounter of a different sort; a cat watches as a deer walks by:
A sequence of four photos; two cats on the awnings:
One of the twins (Spud?) hassling Porcini as she drinks:
Porcini leaves (and you may notice Poppy looking out the door):
Rubbing on the edge of the awning, and a shadow of Porcini on top of the camera housing:
Another not-cat: a disappointed possum. I adjusted the food dispenser again to reduce the food after we returned from our trip:
Another raccoon visit, disappointed this time:
The alien gray cat:
Soaking up the warmth from a heating pad:
A couple outside:
That’s it for this week!