Ken was out watering the trees he planted, as well as the peach tree he planted last year. I heard him yell, "Hey Honey!" I looked out, and he said, "Check out my new friend!" While Ken was out front, this little guy wandered over, and Ken scratched the kitty's ears. Then the kitty started following Ken.
I don't know if I've mentioned that the people across the road have multiple cats--I've seen at least 5--that they let roam. We are both very torn, because we love cats, and these really are pretty and friendly ones, but we do NOT like it that they let them roam onto our property--they hunt our birds and agitate OUR cat. Let me also say that I strongly believe that cats should be indoor animals, and that it's been proven that they have longer lives if they aren't allowed to roam free. It also upsets me because I've seen at least one of those cats get killed while crossing the road.
Oh, and speak of the devil, guess who just came up on the deck, right up to the sliding glass door, looked in and gave a little meow, as in, "New friend? Are you there?" I HATE this, because this looks like such a cute and sweet cat, and I just had to go out and shoo him off the walkway because Sheeba was all agitated in the window of the bedroom.
I made the mistake of petting one of these cats last year while I was sitting out on the deck. He/she kept hanging around and trying to follow me inside...it just breaks my heart! People, please keep your kitties indoors, but if you DO let them roam, make sure they're fixed. My pal Indigo is constantly trying to help feral cats and their kittens, and for anyone who loves animals, it's upsetting to see them roaming around, tick- and flea-infested, and with cuts and scratches. Some people say, "Oh, but cats have to hunt or they aren't happy." That's what cat toys are for. Have you ever seen a cat stalk a spot on the carpet, or a piece of string? They don't need to be outside hunting, they can do that perfectly well indoors, and they'll stay much healthier.
This has been a public service announcement.