Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CATS AND WILDLIFE

There has been a lot said in the news lately about cats and dogs and their danger to the native wildlife.  Some suggesting getting rid of all cats, others that they should be contained at least at night.

Prior to my moving in with Doug (a year ago next week) he built a cat run on to the side of the house with access to the main bedroom.  For the first few days Kim was kept indoors and the cat run until she got used to her new home.  Because Sophie (Labrador) is very possessive of her food we have kiddy doors giving Kim access to the main bedroom, lounge and cat run and during the day to the front lawn whereas Sophie has the rest of the house and the back garden.  Kim, of course, can get to the back garden if she wants and has been going there more often lately.

Kim has settled very well and is, I think, happier here with her run at night than she was in my previous property where she could go outside at any time.  Prior to my moving I had a new neighbour with three cats and they seemed to think that my section was theirs and were quite dominant. 

At night Kim spends a lot of time in her run but never cries or "asks" to be let out.  She is quite content.  This means that she is not a danger to any wildlife wandering at night.






The run also makes a good place for my streptocarpus and other plants that are not on display.

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  1. Cats and dogs do affect native wildlife...but they also can predate on the other incomers...a difficult balance to set

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    1. Yes, that argument is going around in circles here. The main thing for me is that Kim is happy and away from any night time cat fights. Also I am not going to have a "present" of a bird, mouse or rat brought to me.

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  2. It looks like you and Doug have worked everything out well for your fur family.

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    1. They seem to be happy with the arrangement.

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  3. What a neat idea making a run for your cat, she obviously seems happy with it.

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  4. Our Fred certainly catches mice; but that's what he's paid for.

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    1. As I said above I do not like to be greeted with a mouse (or bird in the middle of the night.

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    2. even worse than a whole one are the squidgy bits that they don't eat...and leave in the middle of the floor...just ready for a naked foot....

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    3. or left in the middle of the bed !!!!!!

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    4. Fred used to bring them up to us ALIVE.

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    5. When we were on the "farm" we had all sorts, mice, rabbits, stoats and rats both dead and alive.

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