De-clawed

You know, we thought we were being pretty clever borrowing the neighbour’s cat. He got all the less pleasant aspects of being owned by a cat – vet bills, buying cat food, litter trays, dead rodents on his doorstep – while we got to share in the perks, like a mouse-free house, blog fodder and, er, a cat stomping about on our heads at 4am.

cat looking adorable

But then the neighbour got ill and had to go and stay with his parents to recover, taking the cat with him and leaving a cat-shaped hole in our lives. It’s good news for swallows, I suppose, and hopefully she’ll be back before the mice get wind of it, but it’s left us feeling a little bereft.

sleepy cat

Although I was slightly cheered by the sight of a red squirrel bounding past the kitchen window early one morning. OK, so they won’t come and curl up on the sofa to be stroked, but they are pretty damn cute all the same.

squirrel

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9 Responses to De-clawed

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    I think I’d go for squirrels over cats any day. Squirrels may be tree rats with good PR but I like them.

  2. disgruntled says:

    they’re a bit reluctant to be stroked – and (whisper it) steal birds’ eggs so they’re not even that much more swallow-friendly than cats

  3. zachandclem says:

    Red squirrels are definitely cuter than the big, aggressive grey ones from Tennessee!

  4. disgruntled says:

    Sadly the big aggressive ones from Tennessee (or Carolina anyway) are over here menacing our reds…

  5. John Gibson says:

    Thanks for that, I can’t remember the last time I saw a red squirrel.
    John

  6. Paul says:

    How lucky you are to have such a close-up look at a red. I gather there are reds in the NT woodland at Boundless Copse, part of Hindhead Common more or less on my doorstep, but they are shy, retiring creatures which keep themselves to themselves.

    We have several greys in our garden – we have our own copse full of oaks and hazels so a regular feast for squirrels – and I have to say they are crafty blighters. You have to admire them for their sheer nerve and ingenuity when it comes to raiding the bird feeders – we have tried just about everything, but in no time at all they have figured a way to defeat us. When we hung them on a rotary clothes drier, they just shinned up the steel pole and zip-wired across. They make the SAS look like a bunch of pansies.

    Our cat once, many years ago, brought a grey in for lunch, but they are feisty little blighters too, and the cat quickly figured she was outgunned and abandoned said grey behind the lavatory pan. Eventually we managed to persuade it to get in the cat basket – not easy as you can imagine it must have smelled of cat – so we could carry it outside and let it go.

  7. disgruntled says:

    we’re right on the edge of the reds’ territory – with the greys threatening all the time. Hopefully we can fight them off…

  8. Flighty says:

    I like that first picture, I’m sure that I can hear her purring! xx

  9. […] delighted to see our neighbour returned – albeit only for a few more weeks – along with his cat. We’ve missed them both, although I’m not sure the same can be said for the cat who […]

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