re-domestication

the prodigal cat has returned, or been recaptured?  you probably don’t hear me mention snack much, since he hasn’t really been home much.  i believe it is because he prefers the company of other cats to toddlers and dogs, so he has been spending most of his time catting around with the cats that live behind us.

fortunately our back yard neighbor is the nicest lady on the planet and feeds and snuggles snack when he is at her house.  unfortunately the people across from her aren’t really cat fans.  they are fans of birds and bird feeders and clearly have no respect for the food chain.

            my personal thinking is that if my belled cat can catch a bird, then he might be doing bird evolution a favor.  but i digress….the point is, the bird lovers have been giving our nice neighbor a hard time about the cat herd.  so we made a concerted effort to reclaim snack as an inside cat.

really it has been remarkably smooth.  he seems content to be inside, or otherwise i am not sure we would be able to keep him within.  our entrances and exits are not swift and coordinated and it would be nothing for him to make a dash for the great outdoors if he really wanted to.

we have been plying him with yummy canned cat food and lots of pets to keep him happy, and the kids love playing with him.  i admit that even though the number of bodies here that require nurture and attention is somewhat overwhelming, i like having the kitty back.

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kind of eccentric artsy type raising two boys in texas.
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5 Responses to re-domestication

  1. barb19 says:

    Glad you have him back home with you. I love that photo of him in the tree – so cute!

  2. Narelle says:

    i admire cats as a species but i have to say i am on the birds side. we have the most magnificent parrots, bower birds, honey eaters, small mammals, frogs, who are constantly at risk from scrounging (and slightly neglected) felines.

    someone needs to invent a bell/device that cats can’t figure out how to walk a certain way so the bell doesn’t sound, stealthy little critters.

    all of your cats and dogs appear so placid. how do you do it? my dogs are as crazy as my kids – they all seem to have adhd.

    the kids are talking about wanting another dog, a pug just like on Men In Black. and the youngest bloke wants a guinea pig. i would love some chooks but i know i’m not at home enough to care for them adequately. so, i feel the same – three hyperactive kids and two neurotic dogs are enough bodies to look after.

    • phrogmom says:

      hmmm, placid…..well, they are older and large (the dogs i mean?) and it is over 100 degrees, so maybe it is mellowing them out? we definitely have our insano moments. i sometimes dream of getting a dog for my kids, something smaller and less old, grouchy and set in its ways. definitely won’t do it until there is an open slot! is a chook a chicken? i really wish we could have chickens! i think mr p dreads the day we might move some place where they are permitted 🙂

  3. E.C. says:

    Snack sure is a handsome fellow. I like his name very much, it’s so fun. I hope Snack’s domestication success continues. 🙂

    • phrogmom says:

      when snack was a kitten we used to joke that he was just a mouthful, or a snack, for our doberman. it kind of stuck. i think he had a real name before but i can’t remember now what it was :0

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