Scenes From The Backyard

What are the cats up to in the backyard this summer’s day?…

Zulu always looks like he’s melting! (He doesn’t have to stay in the catio because he can be trusted to never leave the backyard) The black tube behind the chair is a place for the chipmunks to hide if the neighbour’s cat (a way-too-skilled hunter) comes by


Frodo is loving his catio time like always

Amarula is on the back deck as far from the other cats as possible

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Zulu and His New Friend

I often say that Zulu is a lover not a fighter. During supervised outdoor time he loves watching the squirrels and chipmunks, but unlike Amarula and Frodo who would love nothing better than to catch them, Zulu just likes to watch.

He seems to have no killer/hunting instinct at all!

Zulu is definitely more afraid of them than they are of him!

ALSO: I am off traveling again. This time to Malaysia for a few weeks so you may not hear from me for a bit (though I will certainly try to visit your websites on my 16 hour flight!)

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They Missed Me!

Clearly the felines really missed me while I was away in Africa! They still won’t leave my side. While I was trying to work, Frodo kept trying to knead me and Zulu stood in front of the computer demanding attention.

ZULU: Frodo, that’s enough. It’s my turn for some attention!

ZULU: Mom what about me? (Zulu loves poking me if he thinks I am not paying enough attention to him)

Amarula was busy trying to make it clear to yet another neighbourhood cat, this one named Baz, (you may recall that we are getting frequent visits from Harry aka the Other Orange Menace, as Amarula likes to call him) that he was not welcome in our backyard!

Baz says Hello!

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I am back from my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe and while I was very happy to get home and see the cats, at first their reaction to my arrival was more muted.

ZULU and FRODO: How dare you leave us for so long!?

But come nighttime the cats were already softening up. Amarula made a rare appearance on the bed (she almost never sleeps with me) and actually sat beside Frodo. Even Frodo seemed shocked!

Soon Zulu joined us and we had a good cuddle. They finally forgave me!

Here are just a few photos of what we saw. For me the highlight was a pack of very rare wild dogs (aka painted dogs), a brown hyena, baby lions and an elephant that came right into camp!

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Zulu: My Fav Coworker!

ZULU is one of my favorite coworkers. He loves sitting near me as I work on the computer.

He is a conscientious colleague. He makes sure to groom so he always looks his best.

Though I will admit that he does get playful and can be very distracting

ZULU: Of course I’m distracting. Look at me I’m gorgeous. I’m amazed you can get any work done at all with me nearby!

NOTE: I am headed to South Africa and will be traveling in Southern Africa for about a month so you may not hear from me until early May! Despite Amarula’s protests I am refusing to bring her with me to return her back to her native country but I have promised her that I will not bring back another South African stray.

AMARULA: Look me in the eyes and promise me you won’t be bringing back any more felines! One South African tortie per household only!

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Where’s Frodo?

Do I hear snoring? What’s that under the blanket?

Looks like an orange ear!

It’s Frodo! Sleeping in his fav spot (when the fire isn’t on)

FRODO: Mom can you please let an orange mancat have a nap? I need to restore my strength so I can chase Amarula around the house and finally get her to play with me. You know how much she loves when I do that!

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The Catnip Patch is Back (Sorta)

We are having a very mild winter here in my corner of Canada and Frodo insisted on going outside to check how his catnip patch was doing

While most of the catnip is dead, there are a few sprouts starting to push out of the ground and Frodo spent an enjoyable afternoon rubbing all over it

He was clearly in a state of bliss.

Until, finally, exhausted, he fell into a catnip coma!

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Love is in The Air

You may recall from my post a few weeks ago that there is a neighbourhood cat named Harry who is really trying to win over the gang and convince them he could be their new best friend!

Frodo is on board and wants to invite Harry inside for a play date but Zulu and Amarula (in a rare moment of agreement) are definitely not in the mood for Harry’s love and friendship.

FRODO: Let’s invite Harry in! He is such a handsome cat it’s like I am looking into a mirror

ZULU: No way! I am outta here

ZULU: Now he is making house calls at night too!? Intolerable!

FRODO: Come on squeeze through the bars Harry!

AMARULA: If that orange menace comes any closer I am going to use him as my own personal scratching post

HARRY: Come on let me in! I love visiting all the neighbours!


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