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


Unknown said...

Great Blog Mary. I can understand why your cats hang out on the sun porch. I want to hang out there! Your porch and your yard are awesome. I love the natural look of your yard. I've been trying to see if I can figure out a way to put in a catio so my kitties can get some air occasionally, but I rent, so it would have to be done so it can be easily removed. My cats would not enjoy a stroller, but I have known cats who would probably enjoy it. Not sure about the cat in the picture. He looks mostly bored, but that might change if a squirrel scampers by. Hugs to your kitties....

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Lynda, thanks so much for stopping by. The catio is really amazing an amazing idea and would be a great alternative to the glassed in sun porch. When we bought the house, it was a screened-in porch, but we decided to bite the bullet and get it glassed in and heated and air conditioned so we would get more use out of the it. The cats adore it!.

Unknown said...

I'm not surprised they love it. Having a great view of the outdoors but being in comfortable temps - what's not to like? I would probably spend all my time out there with them if I could :-)

Anonymous said...

Loved the post and the pics! I'd love to hang out on your sun porch, too!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Patricia, I'd love to have you hang out there!! Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn said...

Love the photos and commentary! Especially the photo of cats watching bird video. And no strollers--dangerous. A determined cat could get out of that in 2 minutes.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Carolyn, I think you're right, I would be very nervous. What if a neighborhood dog came bounding over--my cats would be terrified and might leap right through the mesh screen. The cat in the photo looks calm, but my cats are really skittish and some of them are semi-feral (meaning they were like "teen-age" cats when I rescued them. They tend to be timid, will run and hide easily, etc. Sweet cats, though.

Anonymous said...

I want to come back as one of your cats in my next life because I love your sun room!

I agree that the stroller looks too dangerous unless the cat is leashed. The library to which I go is in the corner of a 6 square block park. One summer I regularly saw a man who was in the park in a wheelchair with his large cat on a leash. However, when he left the park, the cat would sit on a board which was attached to the wheelchair. Never saw the cat jump down to chase a squirrel or any other critter.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

That's an amazing story about the cat and the man in the wheelchair. He must have been a very calm, very devoted cat. Thank you for the compliments on the sun room, they really enjoy it all year round. The original screened in porch (that came with the house) was nice, but this gets a lot more use.

Linda said...

Love this blog! Wish I had a glassed in porch or catio for my cats! But I'd worry about Mosquitos and getting them to come back inside! I sorta like the stroller idea but with 5, I'd being pretty busy or need a train of them with a scooter to pull them. Neighbors would really think I am the crazy cat lady!!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Five cats? Linda Rima, we are kindred spirits! Glad you liked the blog, wish my cats weren't so camera shy. They looked adorable lounging around, and then they took one look at the camera and vanished!

TM said...

Great blog for us fellow cat lovers, Mary. Love your house and land and your cats. I think the cat in the stroller is just being tolerant. Look at his face! He must love his owner a lot to put up with that.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

TM. you're right!! Tolerant is the perfect description. He's not wildly enthusiastic, he's just putting up with it. I think my cats would probably go nuts and claw their way out!