Category Archives: Outside Cats

10/06/2017 – Formerly Feral – Pretty Boy Mac

Around the time we were worrying about Sweet Teese and whether we could get her into the no-kill shelter system for adoption before our fall rains and winter cold set in, the gray feral we had seen around every couple of days started making himself a more permanent fixture around Colehaus.

Mac in the Garden, September 2017 - ©

Mac in the Garden, September 2017 – ©

Can you blame him? He knows where the good food is!

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), September 2017 - ©

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), September 2017 – ©

After Teese went to the shelter, while we were feeling great about that, we also felt our backyard was empty without seeing her friendly black and white face every day. But we got used to it and felt a whole lot better after Teese found her forever home.

And then, this boy started hanging out in more noticeable places. Maybe he heard we were good at finding forever homes or something?

Mac "hiding" in the sun and shadows - ©

Mac “hiding” in the sun and shadows – ©

We started working with him, this boy we named Mac after a Macintosh apple for his big-cheeked, apple-round face, to see if this “feral” could be friends, and though it took a few weeks, we discovered this “feral” isn’t a feral at all. He’s not even semi-feral, just a big boy who’s out on his own without a real home. We suspect he was left behind when his family moved. We did have a LOT of people move away over the past several months and more than one pet was left behind, we’ve heard.

Now, when we go out the back door, way down at the end of the walkway, Mac usually pokes his head out from the bushes to see if anyone is calling to him and offering up some scritches.

Mac waiting to see if we have any extra scritches to spare - ©

Mac waiting to see if we have any extra scritches to spare – ©

The other day, Mom celebrated a couple of victories – Mac likes brushies and she touched his belly. She also scritched his ears (those are dirty as you would expect from an outside boy), and held his paws which are rough, and thankfully, he still has his claws of which he is very polite at not using.

And he seems to like the camera.

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), October 2017 - ©

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), October 2017 – ©

After Zuzu’s passing, her vet bill pretty much drained our funds for getting him vetted completely anytime soon. We absolutely are not able to adopt any more kitties and we very much hope to find him a forever home someday, knowing he gets along with other cats, likes brushies and we suspect would be a lap cat (time will tell). In the meantime, he has a relatively safe backyard to live in, daytime kibble, and a warm, straw-filled feral shelter to sleep in should he choose.

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Sunny - ©

Sunny – ©

We’re taking next Monday off. In the U.S., it’s Columbus Day. In Canada, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Here at Colehaus, it’s take a deep breath day. It’s been a rough few weeks and we need that deep breath. See you Wednesday.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Multicat Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

09/15/2017 – Around Colehaus

Smoky Summer Skies 2017 - ©

Smoky Summer Skies 2017 – ©

(Photo taken in late afternoon. Actual sky and sun color. Small black dot to right of sun is flying bird.)

Today, we *think* fall weather might be considering coming along but gone are the days when September meant cooler temperatures and the return of our fall/winter rainy season. Last weekend was the first in a long, long while that we hadn’t had record-setting temperatures and smoke-filled skies from the gorge wildfires some fifty miles to our east. Earlier in that week, we had actual ash falling from the skies for two days. Mom sure did have fun cleaning up after all that!

*grumble grumble*

Z comes a-visitin' ©

Z comes a-visitin’ ©

Z's personal drinking fountain - ©

Z’s personal drinking fountain – ©

We didn’t shut off our fountain over the ash-fall days but did refresh the water every afternoon. Somecat sure enjoyed that and the raccoons remembered where the fresh water was and made it part of their early evening/nightly rounds.

Raccoon babies taking a break from the heat - ©

Raccoon babies taking a break from the heat – ©

Raccoon baby cooling off - ©

Raccoon baby cooling off – ©

Raccoon baby washing up - ©

Raccoon baby washing up – ©

Crepe Myrtle almost done flowering - ©

Crepe Myrtle almost done flowering – ©

Our crepe myrtle is almost done flowering already, only a month early. We used to count on this as being our fall flowering bush, but this year, as also happened last year, it went into bloom a full month earlier than ever.

Squirrels are stocking up on nut fat - ©

Squirrels are stocking up on nut fat – ©

Our hot weather hasn’t stopped the squirrels from stocking up on their nut consumption. Maybe they know something we don’t? Looks like it’s just about time for us to swap out their old feeder for a new one (we keep a new one in stock and switch it out every other year). Between the squirrels and raccoons, that feeder gets a serious workout!

2017 was a good year for Roma tomatoes - ©

2017 was a good year for Roma tomatoes – ©

Our tomatoes loved our summer heat as did the last of the strawberries. Mom’s considering giving up on strawberries for next year. “They take a LOT of water,” she says, because she grows them in sunny hanging baskets and keeps the plants around for only three years.


A Pigeon? At Colehaus? - ©

A Pigeon? At Colehaus? – ©

Imagine our surprise when this not-so-little pooping machine fluttered into our backyard one day. We don’t live anywhere near where pigeon might hang out so, we’re thinking this guy must have stopped by for a drink of cool water before heading elsewhere. Like Chicago or New York or maybe even Rome!

Since Teese went to the No-Kill shelter for adoption and then, was adopted just this week (SQUEEEEE!) there haven’t been too many visiting kitties this month. We think the weather has just been too hot and smoky and we’d like to think people are being smart by keeping them indoors (no, really, we know people can be smart… if they want to be).

So, we’ll leave you in the soft, delicate paws of Miss Newton, who goes in for yet another blood pressure check this weekend (her fifth, or maybe her sixth?), and who is undoubtedly saying to Mom in this photo, “What? Again?? This needs to stop, lady!”

Miss Newton, September 2017 - ©

Miss Newton, September 2017 – ©

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A Colehaus Cats Flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Multicat Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

09/06/2017 – Full Moon Eyes

Sunny's full moon eyes - ©

Sunny’s full moon eyes – ©

Look out! Another full moon is upon us… as Sunny lets us know. Or would those be her full sun eyes?

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Teese's adoption flyer, September 2017 - ©

Teese’s adoption flyer, September 2017 – ©

Sweet Teese is officially up for adoption now at our favorite No-Kill shelter. Her PetFinder page is here, and you might recognize her photos from her visits here. We are so thankful to everyone at the shelter for helping her out and working hard to find her the perfect home. Teese is so deserving of a life full of love.

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Previously on Colehaus Cats:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Young ‘Uns Part 2
2012 – No post