Cat update for week ending January 18

This week, the trials and successes of Bella, birds making poor life choices, and cold wet stuff.

Portabella and Pumpkin continue to not get along; Pumpkin seems to feel he has to chase her off whenever he sees her:

Bella and Pumpkin

Bella and Pumpkin

She came back, and again was chased off:

Bella and Pumpkin

Bella and Pumpkin

Bella and Pumpkin

In that encounter, Pumpkin kicked the decorative barrel off.  It was glued to the deck with the smaller ones; apart from helping the old west vibe, the barrels help hold the shelter’s maintenance door closed:


A Steller’s Jay grabbing some cat food:

Steller's Jay

Two cats arriving, with Pumpkin in the house; he’s fine with the other cats, just not Bella:

Two cats arriving



Pumpkin watching me from under the main deck:


A bunch of small birds drinking from the heated water dish:


Pumpkin and Pommie hanging out on the cat deck:

Pumpkin and Pommie

A bird tried to have a drink when cats were nearby, and Pumpkin suggested that might not be wise:

Pumpkin and a bird

Pumpkin and Paladout seem to be getting used to each other; the latter saw Pumpkin peeking, but kept on eating instead of getting upset like in the past:

Pumpkin and Paladout

Pumpkin and Paladout

Pumpkin in the garden:


Snowy cats:

Snowy cats

A Steller’s Jay arrives for more food:

Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay

This time, not so lucky: Pommie was in the cat house, and heard the bird:

Cat and Steller's Jay

Cat and Steller's Jay

Cat and Steller's Jay

Though I guess the bird was actually very lucky: it got the food, and narrowly escaped becoming food.

You may have seen that I added a new heated shelter in the breezeway next to our workshop. Subsequent to that, I modified it a little to make it more sheltered, by putting some old hanging baskets next to it:

Modified breezeway cabin

Bella found the cabin, and tried it out. She has spent most of the past two nights in there, which makes me very happy:

Bella in cabin

Pommie and Pumpkin:

Pommie and Pumpkin

A cat in the breezeway:

Cat in breezeway

Pommie has spent a fair bit of time in the cat house, too:

Pommie in cat house

Pommie in cat house

Bella in the breezeway again, from another angle (this camera is only there temporarily):

Bella in breezeway

Bella inside the breezeway cabin last night:

Bella in breezeway cabin

Bella having a stretch in the morning:

Bella by breezeway cabin

I’m glad that she has a comfy shelter away from Pumpkin’s usual haunts.

Cat update for week ending January 11

This week: using the cat house a bit more, Paladout becoming accepted, Pumpkin and Bella not so much, a little snow, and more.

But first, a Steller’s Jay on the cat house deck:

Steller's Jay

Pommie (I think) and Bella:

Pommie and Bella

One of the twins inside the cat house; not sure if Pommie or Spud, though probably Pommie. They have spent several nights in the cat house, since Pumpkin has mostly vacated it in favor of the cabins:

Cat inside

Poppy entering the feeder via the back door:

Poppy going in feeder back door

Poppy and Bella:

Poppy and Bella

Porcini and Paladout seem to be getting quite comfortable with each other. Here Paladout approaches Porcini fairly closely:

Porcini and Paladout

When she turns around, he backs off a bit, but they seems happy enough; not even a warning hiss:

Porcini and Paladout

Pumpkin arrival:

Pumpkin arrival

Using the back door:

Pumpkin arrival and exit

The twins on the deck:


Pumpkin is still using the cat house a bit, typically just before breakfast, while waiting for it to dispense:

Pumpkin inside

Our dog Rory inside, watching Pumpkin by the gate (look closely… and a hummingbird visible too). She can react to seeing cats on the deck by jumping up on the window, which is strongly discouraged; we’re worried that one day she’ll break it:

Rory watching Pumpkin

The cabins with their typical occupants, Pommie and Pumpkin:


A twin on top of the camera housing, watching Paladout:

Watching Paladout

The cat house façade and signs:

Cat house signs

A fun detail; a cactus ornament in the feeder cupboard window:

Cactus ornament in window

When I do my morning rounds, and refill the bird feeders, Pumpkin often retreats, but sometimes he stays in the cabin and watches me warily; here he was slowly blinking (cat smile) while I reassured him he was safe there:

Pumpkin in cabin

Bella and Pumpkin really don’t get along.  Here she is entering the feeder, and Pumpkin is way over by the bird feeders:

Bella by feeder, Pumpkin by birds

As soon as Pumpkin saw her, he came running up:

Pumpkin running up

And they had a bit of an encounter in the feeder:

Bella and Pumpkin

Followed by a rapid exit out the back door:

Bella and Pumpkin

Bella and Pumpkin

A tail sticking out the back door:

Tail sticking out door

Two cats watching a bird:

Watching a bird

Paladout, with Porcini peeking around the corner:

Paladout and Porcini

Paladout eating, Porcini watching from the back door:

Paladout and Porcini

More Porcini peeking, this time on our main deck, watching me inside our house:

Porcini on deck

My first hint that it was snowing the other day was seeing some white flecks on a cat in the feeder:

Snowy cat

As mentioned, a twin has been spending the night in the cat house, but Pumpkin likes to turn up in the morning to wait for breakfast. That of course led to them having a face-off, with Pumpkin outside and the twin growling and hissing to defend the house:

Pumpkin and a twin

After a few minutes, Pumpkin decided to wait in the feeder instead:

Pumpkin and a twin

A sneak peek of snow:


Cat footprints in the snow on the bird box:


We’re expecting much more snow next week, so you can look forward to more snowy pictures if that eventuates.

Cat update for week ending January 4

Some more feeder back door tweaks this week, among other things.

The cats seem to be accepting Paladout; he has been hanging around pretty much every day, and they’ve walked by without seeming concerned by him:


A different configuration of three cats:

Three cats

Porcini closeup:


Pommie and Pumpkin at the cabins:

Pommie and Pumpkin

Pommie and Pumpkin

Poppy closeup. She always looks grumpy:


Some birds making poor life choices:


Porcini not at all bothered by Paladout:

Porcini and Paladout

Graceful Pumpkin:

Graceful Pumpkin

A long-distance zoomed shot of Pumpkin in the house and two others on a rock:

Pumpkin in the house, two others on a rock

Me refilling the feeder; you can see the feeder drawer out, and I’m dumping excess food into plastic bins that get stored on the top shelf:

Refilling feeder

Pumpkin looking handsome:


Puzzle time; there are four cats here; can you see all of them?

Four cats

A cat peeking out from under the house, while another cat scratched the tree:

Cat under house, cat scratching tree

The cat under the house reached out and tagged the tail of the other one:

Cat under house, cat scratching tree

The latter then jumped a bit:

Cat under house, cat scratching tree

Paladout eating in the feeder, and is blocked from leaving by another cat. He considered using the new back door, but wasn’t sure about it (which is strange, since he’s clearly a pet cat, since he has a collar; perhaps his humans let him out instead of having a cat door?):

Paladout blocked in feeder

He tried to get past, but couldn’t:

Paladout blocked in feeder

Paladout peeking from behind one of the twins, who was ignoring him; the twin eventually wandered off, so Paladout could leave:

Paladout blocked in feeder

So based on that, I decided to help them further, and attached a bungee to hold the feeder door open:

Feeder door held open

Didn’t take them long to investicat the opened door:

Investicating door

Peeking in the door:

Peeking in door

They seem to like it open; they can now freely exit and enter through the door:

Entering door



Going out the door:

Going out door

The original reason for installing the door: escaping Pumpkin:

Escaping Pumpkin

It was still a big step, a bit awkward, so I then added a cinderblock to make it more comfortable to use:


Two cats investicating the step:

Investicating step

Investicating step

Investicating step

Finally, a harder puzzle; again there are four cats; can you see all of them?

Four cats

Cat update for week ending December 28

Let’s check on the cats.

Three cats from the temporary side cam (aka mobile cam), from before I installed the cat door:

Cats from side cam

Pumpkin peeking from inside the cat house:

Pumpkin peeking

Peering around the corner:

Peering around the corner

Porcini closeup:

Porcini closeup

Between cabins:

Between cabins



Checking out the cat door installation:

Checking out cat door installation

Um, there seems to be a hole in the wall:

There's a hole in the wall

Three cats:

Three cats

Four cats:

Four cats

Poppy and Pumpkin inside:

Poppy and Pumpkin inside

Pumpkin between cabins:

Pumpkin between cabins

Heading out, don’t mind me:

Heading out, don't mind me

Another day, both cabins occupied by the same cats again:

Cabins occupied

Paladout closeup:

Paladout closeup

Paladout arriving, watched by two others; they seem to be getting used to him:


Three cats:

Three cats

Jumping onto the camera housing:

Jumping onto camera housing

A sequence of Pumpkin squirming off the deck, while Paladout watches from around the corner:

A sequence of Pumpkin squirming off the deck

A sequence of Pumpkin squirming off the deck

A sequence of Pumpkin squirming off the deck

A sequence of Pumpkin squirming off the deck

Two cats:

Two cats

Cat update for week ending December 21

It seems like just yesterday that it was Caturday, but here we are again.

Pumpkin, handsome as ever:


I’m beginning to get the impression that Pumpkin and Portabella (aka Bella) don’t get along; there were a few incidents with them this week, starting with this one where Pumpkin arrived, and instead of his usual polite hanging back, rushed forward and swiped at Bella as she rapidly egressed:

Unfriendly Pumpkin

Unfriendly Pumpkin

A cat under a tree in our field:

In the field

Porcini and Pommie:

Porcini and Pommie

Porcini and Pommie

Porcini looking at the camera, with a couple more in the background:

Porcini etc

I mentioned last time that I plan to add a back door to the feeder. I was originally going to put it above the feeder, but I decided it’d be easier and in some ways better to instead go through the wall next to the access door. So I moved the water dispenser outside, and cleaned out the leaves:

David cleaning out leaves

The water dispenser next to the heated water dish and camera:


Something’s different:

Something's different

Bella about to jump onto the camera housing:

Bella about to jump onto the camera housing

A twin by the cabins:


Bella inside the house:

Bella inside house

Pumpkin arrived, and they had another incident, with Bella and Pumpkin having a bit of a fight. Again, I think they have a personality conflict; with Poppy, Pumpkin would just hang back, but with Bella he went on the offensive:

Bella and Pumpkin fighting

After some swiping and bad language, he went out the front, and she went out the back.

Peeking at Pumpkin:

Peeking at Pumpkin

A twin (probably Pommie) and Pumpkin in the cabins:

Twin and Pumpkin

Paladout on the deck, Pumpkin approaching:

Paladout and Pumpkin

Paladout backed away:

Paladout and Pumpkin

Pumpkin started rolling around and rubbing on the edge of the deck, without a care in the world, while Paladout cautiously watched from the feeder:

Paladout and Pumpkin

Paladout and Pumpkin

The twins, looking rather freaked out by the strong winds:


And others similarly concerned:

Freaked out by wind

Paladout from the mobile camera:




I then moved the mobile camera to next to the cat house, in anticipation of installing the back door. Porcini watched me from a safe distance:




The mobile camera in a new location. Now I just need to wait for the rain to stop long enough to install the new cat door (to the right of the access door):

Moved camera

Finally, one more look at Pumpkin, half out of a cabin:


Cat update for week ending December 14

132 pictures filtered down to 29 this week.

The cats have continued to enjoy the new platform and cabins. Ironically, especially Pumpkin:


He’s been spending more time in the cabins than in the cat house. Here he is having a drink:


Paladout has also been showing up most days, and checked out the cabins, though hasn’t been in one:


The other cats have been enjoying them too. Here’s Pommie:


Poppy and Pumpkin are happy to be neighbors, if Poppy arrives first:

Poppy and Pumpkin

Double-decker cats:

Double-decker cats

A rapid egress from the feeder when Pumpkin comes out, due to the food dispensing:

Rapid egress

Three cats:

Three cats

Poppy and Porcini:

Poppy and Porcini

Poppy and Porcini looking contented:

Poppy and Porcini

That contentment didn’t last, though; a few minutes later, Pumpkin arrived, and was greeted (warned off) by Porcini:

Pumpkin arrives

Then Poppy had a turn greeting Pumpkin:

Poppy greeting Pumpkin

Pumpkin really wanted to hang out, though:

Under Pumpkin

He’s disappointed that both cabins are occupied:

Poppy, Porcini, Pumpkin

After a couple of minutes, he gave up and went elsewhere, so Poppy and Porcini could relax again:

Poppy and Porcini

A bit later, after they left, Pumpkin had his chance, discovered by a returning Poppy:

Poppy and Pumpkin

Four cats; can you see them all?

Four cats

Pumpkin chilling while a cat eats:

Pumpkin waiting while a cat eats

Pumpkin sleeping while I approach the bird box:

Pumpkin sleeping while I approach

Pumpkin spots me:

Pumpkin spots me

With Pumpkin hanging out at the cabins so much, the other cats can brave the house; here’s Bella spending the night:

Bella inside house

Pumpkin in the house, one cat eating, and three outside:

Five cats

A bit of a queue while waiting for Paladout to get out:

Waiting for Paladout to get out

Paladout was feeling trapped, and Poppy got tired of waiting:

Paladout and Poppy

Pommie and Pumpkin:

Pommie and Pumpkin

Again I startled Pumpkin when I approached the bird box; here’s a nice photo of him:


I did try talking to him, but he acted like a feral cat. He may be feral or stray, but doesn’t seem to be comfortable around humans. I will keep trying.

Screenshot of cat cams, showing a cat in a cabin, a cat waiting on the cat house deck, Pumpkin in the house, and Paladout in the feeder, again:

Screenshot of cat cams

Paladout feeling trapped, Pumpkin peeking, and Bella wanting to get to the food:

Paladout, Pumpkin, Bella

I have a plan to add a back door (emergency exit) to the feeder, going through the wall above the food dish.  With this happening a couple of times this week, I have made it more of a priority (probably after Christmas; won’t have time before that).

Let’s finish with a sleepy Pumpkin at the cabins:


Cat update for week ending December 7

I made a new thing for the cats. Read on to see it. But first, the usual.

Two cats on the awning, one in the feeder:

Two cats on awning, one in feeder

Two cats in the cabin, and a third wanting to join them (it’s only big enough for two adult cats):

Queue for cabin

Four cats:

Four cats

Two cats inside the house:

Two cats inside house



Two cats snuggling in the cabin:

Two cats snuggling in the cabin



Poppy, Porcini, Bella:

Three cats

Jumping from the awning to the roof:

Jumping from the awning to the roof

And back down again:

Jumping from the root to the awning

Which of course freaked out the other two:


A nice last shot of the cabin in the garden (huh?!), with Porcini looking cute:

Porcini looking cute in the cabin

Two cats arrive, watched by a peeking Pumpkin:

Two cats arrive with Pumpkin inside

My latest project: I built a platform below our main deck, under the gazebo, to house the old cabin plus a second one. Both cabins are heated. It also has a wall to shelter them from the wind, and a built-in camera watching the two cabins:

New cat cabins platform

I’ll do a post about the construction of it tomorrow. The main motivation was that as I mentioned above, the cabin only fits two cats, and we care for six outdoor ones (including Pumpkin). While there’s plenty of space in the cat house for all of them, the ferals are reluctant to go in there with Pumpkin occupying it much of the time.

I also wanted to move the cabins to under the deck, and up off the ground, so they’d be more sheltered from rain and snow.

Porcini was the first to investicat the new platform and cabins:

Porcini investicating new cabins platform

Two cats investicating the new cabins platform:

Two cats investicating new cabins platform

Porcini inside the new cabin:

Porcini inside new cabin

I temporarily moved the mobile cam to the edge of the path opposite the platform. You can see the deck and gazebo above, the bird food box and garbage bin to the left, and the empty swimming pool area to the right. And two cats near the new platform:

Two cats near new platform



Between cabins:

Between cabins

Poppy went inside the old cabin; something I hadn’t ever seen her do before (this year anyway); it was exclusively occupied by her (grown) kittens. And of course Pumpkin had to check them out too:

Poppy and Pumpkin

Poppy’s traditional greeting:

Poppy's traditional greeting

Poppy and Porcini:

Poppy and Porcini

A screenshot with cats on each cam (5 total):

Screenshot with cats on each cam

Both cabins occupied, and a cat peeking:

Cabins occupied, peeking

Three pairs of eyes on Pumpkin approaching:

Eyes on Pumpkin approaching

Pumpkin hung out on the platform for about four hours, much to the consternation of a twin in the left cabin, and the slight interest of Poppy in the right:

Pumpkin on platform

Pumpkin on the platform:

Pumpkin on platform

This morning, contented cabin dwellers:

Contented cabin dwellers

This morning Pumpkin decided to try going inside a cabin, while Poppy watched with her trademarked grumpy expression:

Poppy and Pumpkin

He seemed to like it:

Poppy and Pumpkin

Bella approaching, before backing off when seeing Pumpkin:

Bella, Poppy, Pumpkin

As I write this, Poppy and Pumpkin are still in the cabins:

Poppy and Pumpkin

It’d be rather ironic if Pumpkin decides he likes the cabin better than the house now. Maybe the others will brave the more spacious house again?

Cat update for week ending November 30

Some interesting shots in today’s Caturday post.

Let’s start with some cat ID: Pommie (left), Spud (deck), Porcini (right):

Pommie (left), Spud (deck), Porcini (right)

An alien cat:

Alien cat

Porcini peeking at me from the cabin as I walk past:


Two cats, in a picture taken from our deck (you may have to look closely to see the second one):


There were actually three cats; a third on a rock, visible from a different angle:


Three cats at the feeder:

Three cats

A raccoon encounter at the cabin:

Raccoon encounter

Raccoon encounter

Raccoon encounter

All five cats in an iPad screenshot: one in the cabin, three on the cat deck, one in the feeder:

All five cats

A closer look at the four cats at the cat house:

Four cats

Plus one cat in the cabin:

Plus one cat

Three cats inside:

Three cats inside

The food ran out, so I did an evening food top-up:

Evening food top-up

Pumpkin is a big reason for the food running out; I’m going through the food much faster since he started hanging out:


A cat sitting on our front steps:

Cat on front steps

Two cats inside:

Two cats inside

Double-decker cats:

Double-decker cats

Cabin licks:


Pumpkin startles two others:

Pumpkin startles two others

Three cats in the feeder:

Three cats in the feeder

At the cabin:

At the cabin

Porcini on the awning:

Porcini on the awning

Three cats:

Three cats

Poppy greeting Pumpkin:

Poppy greeting Pumpkin

Pumpkin being a bit agressive:

Pumpkin being a bit agressive

Poppy and Pumpkin sleeping:

Poppy and Pumpkin sleeping

Cabin snuggles:

Cabin snuggles



Poppy would like to leave now:

Poppy would like to leave now

Cabin snuggles again:

Cabin snuggles

Cat update for week ending November 23

It’s a day for cat pictures. On a Saturday. A Caturday, if you will.

Poppy & Bella:

Poppy & Bella

Pumpkin and a twin chilling on the deck:

Pumpkin and a twin

Two cats at the cabin:

Two cats at the cabin

Bella in the house:

Bella in the house

A twin at the cabin (with wide eyes like that, I’d guess Spud):

A twin at the cabin

Pumpkin is not welcome at the cabin:

Pumpkin is not welcome at the cabin

Cabin snuggles:

Cabin snuggles

Droopy flowers above the camera, heavy from the rain:

Droopy flowers

Breakfast queue:

Breakfast queue

Two cats spot me in the garden, while I was doing my morning rounds:

Two cats spot me in the garden

I just love the cabin snuggles:

Cabin snuggles

Porcini is early for breakfast:

Porcini is early for breakfast

Pumpkin is right on time, having been waiting in the house:

Pumpkin is right on time

Porcini watching me as I walk past on rounds:

Porcini watching me as I walk past

Cabin snuggles, yes again (I have literally hundreds like this):

Cabin snuggles

Pumpkin looking very symmetrical in the house:

Pumpkin in the house

Peeking at me from the feeder:

Peeking at me from the feeder

A screenshot of my iPad cam viewer app, with cats on all cams: a twin in the cabin, Pumpkin and the other twin on the cat house deck, Poppy in the house, and the back of the twin from the feeder:

Screenshot with cats on all cams

Poppy and Pumpkin in the house:

Poppy and Pumpkin in the house

Porcini looking contented in the cabin:

Porcini in the cabin

Cat update for week ending November 9

Welcome to a Caturday uploaded from the road. A bit more difficult than on my Mac, but a good way to occupy myself as a passenger, and avoid missing a day or being late.

A couple of cats on the deck:


In the cabin:

Pumpkin peeking:

On the front garden:

Happy in the cabin:

Jumping off the camera housing:

Comfy Pumpkin in the house:

He’s such a pretty cat:

Three cats:

Pumpkin arriving at the feeder:


Arrival at the cabin:

Pumpkin peeking at a possum in the feeder:

Big yawn:



Night Pumpkin:

Arrival at the cabin:

Three cats: