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Friday, July 05, 2013

Hissy Alert..... Intruders into my (our) territory.

Dear George,
I was most interested to read your recent blog relating Zoe's problems with overly-protective humans and of only recently being allowed out into her garden without the barbaric constraints of a lead. And that after two years. 
As a kitten I was fortunate enough to be taken to my human's house in a nice suburb of south-east London which was in a cul de sac  (which is a way of saying no through traffic and watch out for human kittens') with a nice shielded garden on his own and backed on to a nature reserve.Bliss! Fun! Heaven!
The house next door had a half-breed wild/domestic rabbit which was loose in the garden and we became quite good friends, scampering around each other, jumping over one-another.

Sadly this friendship was broken as it had to go back to its real owner, who had been in hospital, the mother of the lady next door. Still, I soon had another friend, a sister, as some idiot human had let my mother get pregnant immediately after me and my four siblings. This time it was seven. So I had a younger sister. Then my mummy came, as her human "could not cope". Huh! 
 Anyway, to skip some years, we all moved out to countryside where we had a garden on the edge of real, wild forest. In which we used to go on family walks with our human. We don't do that now, as some nasty mean person closed the direct route and we had to get to it along the side of a road, which none of us liked.
Still, I am now old at 11 human years and I prefer life closer to home. In my own private garden. Shared with family, of course. But not with strangers.
And here is my story relating to Zoe. Some people near-by have a cat which they kept tethered on a lead in their garden for two years. Then they let it off the lead. So, naturally, it explored the area. It is a quiet, fairly shy cat, obviously unused to the wide world.
There I was, checking out the grasses in the wild garden my human has in an attempt to attract bees, butterflies, anything that has not been killed by the pesticides voted for by our local MP and Under Secretary, when Bailey appeared, as I have heard it called.
I resented her intrusion. I told her so. She looked sad and wandered off. I don't mean to be mean, but what is mine (er, ours) is mine (ours). Still, it is good that Bailey can get around and see the world. And I suppose that she may come into the edge of my, er, our garden and sit in the long, long grass.  Just so she remembers where her own place is when it is time to go home. Which is when her tummy tells her it is time. Or I drop a hint.
Anyway, love to all.

Dear Milly,
I see from the photos that you are coping well with the invader. I suggest one or two further measures in the way of scent messages. If you can (and not all cats do), try spraying on various territorial items such as fencing, tree trunks, shrubs etc. Do a lot of chin rubbing too. Leave a message which tells Bailey "I was here at 5pm."  If it is only 5.10pm, ie only ten minutes later, she will be cautious about intruding further. If more time has elapsed she may feel you are no longer there and can intrude a bit further.
Time sharing. That's what it is all about for us cats. The importance of scent is that we don't have to be there to get the message across. We can make territory arrangements without being face to face - just like our human's emails and letters. Scenti messages are feline texts. That way, we can avoid out and out conflict.
Too bad about your local human MP's attitude to pesticides. Humans don't get it do they? Fewer bees, other insects, and caterpillars (killed by pesticides), means fewer fertilised flowers and grasses, means fewer birds, less corn, which means less food for cats and humans.
They are so stupid.
Yours in irritation


  1. We're horrified that someone would "tether" a cat on a lead for ANY amount of time. So please go easy on Bailey, Milly. Bailey probably has some trauma from being tied up for so long.

    George's advice is great, ask your people if they could tip a little of your used litter around the spots you use to mark in the garden and around the area where Bailey enters you garden too. It can really help. You don't need much used litter either.

    Gerry & Mungo

  2. Great George's advice is great. It appears he took the liberty to write to Mac too, as that's what he does to our fence, and he has mastered that skill very well. It seems to work.... Once or twice an opossum has tried to come in, as I think his butt hasn't reached high enough - I will tell him to try harder. Yours,

  3. Well, I'm good; no intruders in my territory. Only that I have to check once in a while on my humans to see if they are inside and ok :-)

  4. It's horrific to be on a leash but...if that saved Bailey's life we can't complained too much!
    Gerry & Mungo are right; be gentle to Bailey as Bailey just discover the world.

  5. Milly, why not trying to make friends with Bailey?
    Maybe day you'll need a friend :-)

  6. FredericoJuly 12, 2013

    You both are so pretty!
    I'd make friends with both of you.
    Milly, if Bailey is not aggressive let her discover freedom


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