Cat hostel in Siouxland

9 Jul

Some days I feel I am running a cat hostel. The neighbor’s cat, Clyde, has been a frequent guest. Recently, another stray, neighborhood cat (called Pumpkin for want of a name) drops by and is friendly enough. And eats. He doesn’t get to come inside as he is not yet fixed. Should we become friendlier and he does get fixed, that could change. But he eats, and likes a treat every now and again and some catnip. Then he likes to lay in the sun. But Clyde and Pumpkin are not permanent guests.

Poof, one of mine, is older and tends to stay on the deck, well above the fray. As a younger cat, she was a bit of a hellion and taught some neighborhood males to stay out of her yard. But with age, she has mellowed, which thrills me, since the vet bills become more minimal without check ups for bites and such. Everyone keeps a decent demeanor for the most part. And when they sometimes congregate in the yard at the same time, I play traffic cop, scolding and shooing each in a different direction. The yard is big enough, even though the cats might think otherwise.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

3 Responses to “Cat hostel in Siouxland”

  1. Marc-André July 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I love your visitors 🙂

  2. Donna July 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Jerry – love this post! We have the same thing here, with Rufus, my friend Sharon’s cat, and the across the street cat Garfield, both orange tabbies. Garfield comes in to eat and makes himself at home as well. My cat Bear just passed 4 weeks ago- he was black fluffy and 23. I’ll email you! Donna

    • jerrymennenga July 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

      Mark and Donna,

      Thanks. Sometimes keeping the peace among them all is a little trying as well. I guess that is the good and the bad.

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