Cat update for week ending April 10

This week on Caturday, various feral cats, several watching me, plus a GIF of a possum at the cat house.

Comfy Porcini in the cat house:

Porcini in the cat house

Cats greeting:

Cats greeting

A GIF of a possum climbing onto the awning of the cat house (no cats home at the time):

Possum

Spud relaxing in our kitchen garden, watching me watching him from a window:

Spud

Spud

Porcini in a cabin, watching me walk past:

Porcini in a cabin

Paladout watching me refill the cat feeder:

Paladout

Paladout and Porcini:

Paladout and Porcini

Porcini on a bench by the fountain garden:

Porcini

Porcini

And Bella watching me from under the bench:

Bella

Finally, three cats at the cabins:

Three cats at the cabins

Flock Friday for April 9

For Flock Friday this week, some ducks and chickens, plus duck eggs in a new place.

Some ducks in the pond by the duck house ramp:

Ducks

Others in the shallow end:

Ducks

Hey, look what I found: three duck eggs in a nesting box in the duck house! I wonder if they’ll lay more there; that is the ideal place to lay:

Duck eggs

Betty stretching a wing:

Ducks

Sleepy ducks:

Sleepy ducks

Ducks on the lawn, with chickens visible in the background:

Ducks on the lawn

Chickens enjoying apple slices:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chicken

RIP Pepper, shop cat

Two weeks after posting about the passing of Poppy, the outdoor feral momma cat, I’m sad to report another cat death: Pepper, the feral cat that kept the front of our workshop free of rodents. The two cats never met each other, but they had similar jobs, in different domains.

We got Pepper back in 2015, when she was a few months old, along with Pansy, the other shop cat, via a local “kitties for hire” program, where feral cats off the street, that are too wild to become pets, can be given a productive life helping keep workshops and barns free from rodents.

Here’s Pepper soon after she joined us:

Pepper

And a more recent picture, on her heated bed:

Pepper

I always enjoyed seeing her when working in the shop. Of all the feral cats, she was the most trusting of me. Like any feral, she’d retreat if I got too close, but she was content to watch me from a few feet away, supervising my work.

Now Pansy has the shop to herself, which will suit her, being a loner; the two shop cats quietly avoided each other.

Pepper was also buried near the pond, next to Poppy and our late pet cats.

Rest in peace, Pepper.

Cat update for week ending April 3

It’s Caturday!

Two cats in the morning:

Two cats

Bath time in the cabins:

Bath time

Porcini:

Porcini

Spud and Bella waiting for food:

Two cats

A cat in a tree:

Cat in a tree

Spud watching me from the steps to the fountain garden:

Spud

The cats have been avoiding inside the cat house since Poppy’s passing; this is the first time I saw one inside:

Cat inside house

Porcini coming from between the cabins:

Porcini

A sleeping cabin cat, and Pommie thinking about pouncing on an unwary bird:

Two cats

Two cats with happy tails:

Two cats

Spud sitting on the driveway; moments before he had been rolling around:

Spud

Finally, Bella emerging from the feeder:

Bella