Indoor Cats vs Roaming Free

Mischa & SamuraiShould cats be confined indoors? That is the question we had to ask ourselves when we bought home our kittens two years ago. When I was growing up, there was always a cat in the family who spent the day outside and came home for dinner. These days being more enviromentally aware, we decided that we would keep our cats indoors. When I went to the council to register them, I was given some information regarding a cat cage which is similar to a large aviary. This seemed a good idea and we went ahead and had a cat cage installed next to our patio with a bridge from our dining room window where they can gain access. In addition to that, I bought them harnesses and started to take them out for walks around the garden with their leads on. Once they got used to that, I detached the leads and now they go out (with close supervision) with their harnesses on every couple of days. The first few times each one climbed over the fence, but they found out very quickly that they were immediately bought inside, so now they spend their time in the garden, I get some weeding done and they usually come in on their own after an hour or two. Not only am I keeping my cats out of harm’s way, but I am also trying to do my bit to save the bird and lizard population as well. We live on a reasonably busy street and I would be too worried to let them out alone so this seems a good balance. What do you think – have you made the decision to keep your cat indoors or do you let yours roam free?

For Every Boy There is a Girl …..

004To complete our little fur family, there is my sweet Mischa. She keeps Samurai in line and gives him some exercise by chasing him around the house ignoring his protesting hisses and growls. But he loves her and I often see them licking each other’s faces. Even though she is smaller, she is the boss and it only takes a look for Samurai to move off the mat if Mischa wants it to herself. Mischa is a one person cat – and she is my shadow. She puts up with occasional cuddle but much prefers to jump up on my knee for a little while or to lie on the mat near me and sleep while I sew or blog or watch television. I am touched by her affectionate nature and I think it is a wonderful thing to have an animal’s complete trust.

Oh no, awake so early!

SamuraiThis is my first ever blog – so bear with me folks, as this will be another cat story! So many of you have cats I see, so I hope you will not mind if I introduce you to my male cat, Samurai. I was looking for some inspiration for my blog when I saw a list of ideas and one of them was “What was my first thought when I woke up”. Well, that is easy as it is exactly the same one I have every morning …. what time is it? The reason for this is because Samurai wakes me up every morning by jumping very heavily up from the bottom of the bed and walking around my head, making sure that he steps on my hair all the way. He then proceeds to push his head against mine and, failing that, jumps down to the floor where he likes to scratch on the corner of the mattress cover which has now been quite shredded. Obviously this has the right effect, as I have to get out of bed to stop him, so why not feed him while I am up. Unfortunately this probably gives him the wrong messsage in that he is getting rewarded for doing a bad thing, but what can you do! Normally he wakes me at 4.30am but this morning to my horror, it was 3.30am. I did manage to get back to sleep till 4.00am but then gave up as Samurai launched his secondary attack which involves jumping from one side of the bed to the other. At this point I thought that I had better get up before he woke up my husband, who would have been decidedly testy, so out to the laundry room to get out the cat biscuits for breakfast. Once he is fed, he is quite content fortunately, so back to bed I went wondering if I could get back to sleep again… and luckily I did!