My new neighbor, Denise, is a great neighbor who also happens to love animals. Good thing since I have a few and she has a few too. One of her pets is this little smokey gray male cat. He has quite the personality and his name is Hurricane. He shares his home with five dogs, a few other cats and a guinea pig. He has no fear of people or of dogs or of other cats. Therein lies the problem. He has no concern for my little Orkin kitty. The two have not fought, it is more of an uneasy truce with LOTS of loud and long meowing. I try to encourage him to go home so that Orkin can eat and rest in her yard in peace, but this little guy seems to love me and my yard. He is probably after those pesky chipmunks that also love my yard. Denise warned me he is a good mouser-great!
He doesn't mind dogs like I said. BJ would never ever harm this kitty but has enough to deal with when our own little Orkin hangs around and does nothing but antagonize him. Poor BJ. He literally quakes when Orkin rubs up against him. I think it is a 'cat' thing. Orkin will rub up against BJ wanting some attention, then turn around and smack him a time or two. BJ is at a loss as to what he should do. I sternly tell him to behave. Good dog that he is, he always minds. But Hurricane is another story. He doesn't think he should put up with two cats! One is bad enough.
Orkin is a pretty smart kitty. She stays out of the backyard; which is the dogs' domain. This little kitty was not so smart and got caught in the yard early one morning. Where Orkin will quickly exit the backyard, the gray kitty decided to climb a tree. A large tree. Can you see him in the crook of the branch on the right side of the trunk? He is literally 20 feet in the air. His eyes glow; which is a good thing since he is so dark he blends in with the canopy of the tree. BJ refused to leave his position at the base of the tree. He got so comfortable he had to lay down! Poor kitty. Can you see BJ intently focusing on the cat in the tree?
I had never seen BJ so intent on getting any animal as he was with poor Hurricane. Normally BJ is a ball dog, so I was surprised and amused with his behavior on this day. I finally called BJ into the house. Hurricane made it down safely from the tree and hasn't been seen in the backyard since. He still visits the frontyard, but that is fine with me, not sure about Orkin though. Hurricane may have learned the lesson Orkin learned a long time ago, stay out of the backyard-it is DOG territory or he'll be up a tree!
in the garden....