Heat Wave! (August 2018)


We have had such a hot summer!  We are glad that we can cool off whenever we wish, night or day, in our catio.





 

 



Pat serves us our food out there, including treats:

 

We can play, or hide from the heat, in our tunnels and tents:

 





As you can see, Monty is already a full-fledged member of the clowder!










The Arrival of Monty (Spring, 2018)

For those who have been asking if all is well with us ... YES we are still here!  YES we are all fine!





And in fact . . . we have Big News!





This handsome black-and-white Tuxie -- we call him "Monty" --  began coming into our backyard in February, during bitterly cold weather:


Monty's favorite time to visit our yard was between 4 and 4:30 in the morning.

The first several times that we sighted him, Summer Cat led us all in HOWLING to let Monty understand that he should leave our yard IMMEDIATELY.


But Monty -- who was obviously homeless -- repeatedly returned, to meow loudly at the back door to our catio, until eventually we all got so used to him that we stopped trying to drive him away.


Pat was upset to think that Monty was cold and also hungry. So she began leaving  food out for him, and eventually she was able to trap him!


Then Pat arranged for Monty to be neutered and vaccinated at a TNR clinic sponsored by the Cat Action Team of PEI.  We were all relieved to hear that Monty tested negative for disease!

But Monty was too wild to live indoors, so Pat released him back into our yard, where he seems to have taken up permanent residence.


Monty has learned to climb up on top of our catio and meow at the upstairs windows when he wants Pat to come down and feed him.


Fortunately, he seems, since his visit to the veterinarian, to have decided that it is more convenient to demand food during the day instead of in the middle of the night. 


Sometimes Monty will venture into the garage:


Once in a long while, he even lets Pat stroke his head while he is eating.


Pat hopes that by the time cold weather comes again, she will have persuaded Monty to move inside, or at least into the garage.

We are not so sure that is such a good idea.


But we have learned that we all get treats when Monty arrives at the back door of our catio!
 


Stay turned for more news of Monty .....



UPDATE:  Monty moved inside on July 16! Monty is an easy-going fellow and we are all getting along well together.  Pat tells us she will post new pictures soon.

November 2016 Surprise


This fall, work began on replacing our deck and expanding our catio.

First, the old deck was removed and a new deck was built.  Like the old deck, the new deck is L-shaped, wrapping around the side of the house:



In these pictures you can see the door that leads from the kitchen to the deck, and the screen door that separates the deck from our original catio:



The next step was to enclose the new deck, in order to make it an extension of the catio:
 


The following two pictures show the doors that lead from the family room on to the deck, at the side of the house:


Previously, although we cats could enter the original catio through windows or through our cat door, there was no direct access for humans from inside the house. And we cats were unable to join humans sitting on the deck.

Now we -- and also humans! -- can go directly out to the new, enclosed deck + catio, either from the kitchen, or from the family room:



The new deck / expanded catio is illuminated!


More pictures of the deck + catio at dusk:




THANK YOU, to Dean Smith Carpentry Services, 69 Kingston Road, Cornwall, PEI, COA 1HO -- Prince Edward Island's premiere designers and builders of quality catios!