Saturday, November 22, 2014


by Mary Kennedy                        
A cat will always find a cozy spot to relax, and I'd like to take you on a quick tour of where my cats like to hang out. My sun porch is a popular place; it's heated and air conditioned and has glass from the floor to the ceiling on three sides. Half of the sun porch is pictured above, and the other half is below. The sun porch is usually filled with cat toys, blankets and eight cat beds. Did I tidy it up for the photo? Heck, yeah!!  
 There's even a tin cat out there as a mascot.
The sun porch has cool Italian tiles to lie on, and here's Shadow, relaxing but looking slightly suspicious.(Not sure why.) He's either a little camera shy, or he's thinking, "You're going to get my fur trimmed like a lion? Seriously?  I thought we've already been through all this! Everyone preferred the natural look--they even voted on it." Okay, okay, Shadow, you're safe for the winter months. Go natural, see if I care.


Sometimes a cat might prefer to relax in a laundry basket with a purple blanket, looking regal. That's King Siggy, holding court. We humans are his loyal subjects.                                           
Or sometimes the warm sun is just so relaxing, a cat has to drift off to dreamland. I call this Siggy's "Wasting away in Margaritaville" photo.  Don't worry, no alcohol was consumed for this picture.

  Pricey cats beds are nice (trust me, I've bought several of them) but sometimes you just can't beat a cardboard box. It doesn't matter if it's three sizes too small.
This is Fur-Face, just waking up from a nap. She looks like she's ready for some mischief, or maybe that's just her natural expression. She decides to check out the sun porch with her Daddy, Clyde.

Clyde was enjoying a quick nap on the sun porch, but he's always ready to stare out at the back yard with his daughter, Fur-Face, Who knows, a squirrel or chipmunk might be wandering by. Exciting times!   
Plus, it's always good to spend some quality time with Dad and learn a few important life lessons. ("Never eat the special diet dry food from the vet. If you hold out long enough, they will open a can of the delicious wet food that you love.")   This is a good time to just chill and watch the squirrels and birds in the backyard.                     

We let the backyard go "natural" so the cats can pretend they're in a woodland. Plenty of wildlife to watch including deer, raccoon and the occasional fox (don't worry, all 8 cats are indoor cats.)

I have a nice little herb garden growing outdoors and I bring in fresh mint and catnip for the cats to devour. They love to chew on fresh mint, and best of all, it gets rid of "tuna breath." Well, mostly. Try to breathe through your mouth and you won't notice their cat breath as much.

One of my friends built a "Catio" instead of a glassed in porch, and her cats love it! It's too bad I couldn't send my cats over for a "play date," but somehow cats just don't *do* play dates like dogs do.

Sometimes the cats disagree about what they want to do.  It can be a beautiful sunny day out and some cats prefer to stay inside and watch bird videos on TV. (Even though I've warned them too much TV will rot their brains!) They're seriously addicted to bird and fish videos.
  Momma Eliza finally got into the act and brought Fur-face out to the porch with her for a mother-daughter chat.  I tried to eavesdrop but they immediately clammed up. What were they talking about? Life, love, relationships? No idea.


Where else do the cats like to hang out? Well, there's a nice front porch, but since my cats are all indoor cats, they just glimpse it from the bay window in the living room. Occasionally squirrels clamber up on the wooden bench and peer inside, to taunt them.

Some people take their cats for walks in a stroller. I've resisted the idea of buying a cat stroller, partly because my husband has convinced me that people will think I'm insane. But honestly, I think they're cute!  For now, the jury is out on cat strollers. I also wonder how safe they are. With the adrenaline pumping, would a cat be able to burst through the mesh and escape from the stroller? I'm just not sure. And I wouldn't want to put it to the test.

Thanks for taking this little tour with me. I'm so sorry my 8 cats seemed to scatter to the wind when they saw the camera! Next time, I'll try to round them so you can really get a glimpse of them. By the way, what do you think of the cat in the stroller? Do you think he's happy, or just tolerating it?

Mary Kennedy