October has flown by us here in Minnesota. And the trees have just been stunning:
We’ve had some unusually balmy days this month (in the upper 70s) juxtaposed with cold, cold rainy/breezy days and our first snowfall (all day yesterday)! Overnight lows dropped below 30 degrees (finally!) but this year my beloved incoming winter weather holds one drawback. (Yes, just one, I truly love the snow and cold.)
This is “Honey”.* She’s a beautiful and affectionate feral kitty that’s been “hoteling it” on our back deck for about a month. And now that the overnight lows are dropping, my kitty-mama heart worries about Honey being safe & warm through the cold Minnesota nights. The hubs genuinely saw my bleeding heart and decided to give me one of my birthday presents a couple weeks early. This weekend, we are installing a warming cat bed that has fancy sensors to turn on when an animal is resting on it. It will heat up Honey’s little paw-paws & body to the cozy, kitty-resting temperature of 102 and will turn off when she’s not sitting on it. My husband is just the coolest. I had no idea such a thing existed!
Meanwhile, our indoor cats are being extra snuggly.
That is, when they aren’t engaged in outdoor cat observation, of course. I bet you all can quickly discern which cat response belongs with which cat:
Cat A: Observes Honey’s use of room & board with curiosity & eager friendliness, “A new friend! Hi!!!! Do you smell like the outside?!?! I like the outside!!!”
Cat B: Obverses Honey’s use of room & board as a threatening affront to his way of life, “That’s MY kibble you’re eating! Stop rubbing on MY human! Get away from MY window! No! You can’t come in!!!”
Lol. And yes, Honey has burst into our kitchen from the back deck many times. Rudi’s reaction: “Who’s this!?!?!” Toby’s reaction: “WHAT!? NO!!! NOT ANOTHER ONE!!” Honey’s reaction: “Ooh! It’s warm in here! Is this where the kibbles are? Who’s this grumpy fat cat? This skinny one is kind of nice.”
We already stressed out Tobycat by adopting Rudi last year. Nayt & I both agree that bringing in Honey would tip Toby’s sanity over the edge. So, for now, we’ll keep her warm & fed outside our home while we try to find her the perfect furever home. Feline Rescue helped us last year when we wanted to adopt Rudi. So, hopefully they’ll be able to help Miss Honey too.
Until then, we basically have 3 cats. And I’m loving it…until I worry about Honey being too cold or Toby’s heart exploding with self-imposed anxiety. 😉
It’s not all bad, Tobycat. Sometimes even Rudi is tolerable…when you’re already asleep…and unaware that you’re being warmed by his presence.
Cat drama: always free, always fun.
Enjoy what’s left of your October, all. With stunning tree beauty and cats to snuggle, I know I will!
*I started calling feral kitty “honey” because she was so sweet and would rub her little face all over our legs and purr and head-boop us. I know these actions are simply her tools to extract kibbles from the nice humans. I don’t care. She’s a sweetheart who will often jump into my lap when I sit outside so I can pet her. Seriously, who cares if her affection is manipulative? She’s cute and furry and tiny and sweet and hungry. And I want to make sure she doesn’t die this winter. She’s wormed her little furry face into my bleeding heart. I will always want to love all the cats all the time. Case end point. That’s all she wrote, folks. 🙂