Colehaus Visitors

Mustacheo - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Mustacheo – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

You’ve met Mustacheo, a neighbor’s cat. He’s loud but a big love. He’s also neutered which makes us very happy.

Mustacheo's Brother - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Mustacheo’s Brother – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Here’s Mustacheo’s brother, who is every bit as loud and neutered too. We’ve named him Groucho. We don’t see him very often, and that’s fine with us because we’re not big on people letting their cats run loose. Too much traffic and coyotes in our area.

Scruffy - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Scruffy – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

You’re met Scruffy. He’s about eleven or twelve years old now and while he’s slowing down just a little, he still enjoys our chilly, rainy fall weather much better than our very warm summers. He carries a thick undercoat year around that’s very soft and clean because his owners brush him often.

Whittles - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Whittles – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Up until this past summer, Scruffy was the smallest cat in the neighborhood. Then a neighbor brought home young orange boy Whittles here, and a sister named Princess (that was probably a mistake name). Princess is smokey dark and a scary cat who stays across the street at her home under their front porch which is why we don’t have a photo of her. Whittles is the explorer, as all orange boys tend to be…

Whittles - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Whittles – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

… who apparently spends time under cars and gets grease on his ears. He’s a sweetheart. Just wish he and his sister would be inside cats. Bad neighbors.

Tough Boy - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Tough Boy – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Also new on the Colehaus visitation round is this guy. We call him Tough Boy because he’s more apt to take a hard swipe at you than to want a light head scritch. Seriously, Tough Boy wouldn’t let us walk through our own backyard a couple of weeks ago without laying his smacky paws on our ankles. And he wasn’t in play mode either. Have to be tough back with him and then, oddly enough, he’s fine with us.

Churchill (Church) - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Churchill (Church) – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Lastly, this is Church, short for Churchill. What a life he must have led before we ever saw him. Just look at that ear! It’s perfectly healed so the damage was done months if not years ago. Church is an early bird and unless it’s raining, he’s waiting for us to set out the Geoffrey’s House food bowl first thing in the morning. We haven’t been able to get within four feet of him but he did grace us with a great meow just the other day. Patience will win him over, we’re convinced, just like it did with Geoffrey. Can’t wait to give him and that ear good petting!

Northern Flickers are back - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Northern Flickers are back – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Other visitors include, of course, birds (sorry, Trout Towne Tabbies). Here’s one of our Northern Flickers just returned from a cool Canadian summer and already demanding suet. We’re such suckers.

The Goldfinches and Pine Siskens - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

The Goldfinches and Pine Siskens – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

And a feeder full of faded goldfinches and pine siskins loading up on fats for their winter migration elsewhere.

Pretty Fall Maple - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Pretty Fall Maple – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Autumn is fully upon us.

Leaves on the netted fountain - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Leaves on the netted fountain – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

The leaf net over the fountain is doing its job keeping leaves from clogging up the works. Soon, all the pretty leaves will have dropped, been picked up, and composted. But not just yet.

22 responses to “Colehaus Visitors

  1. You sure have a bunch of good looking visitors. The last one does look like he needs some attention. Have a Happy Wednesday.

    • We hope, with time and luck, we’ll be able to make friends with Churchill in the coming months and he’ll let us do a hand’s on inspection. That took three years with Geoffrey. We have lots of patience.

  2. Patty O’Malley has a torn ear too, and Sammy had major scars on his nose. Life is tough and rough for intact toms! Once they are neutered and after some time, they settle down and become wonderful additions to the yard. You have some great photos!

  3. It’s amazing how many lovely birds you have in your garden – do they come back year after year? The maple leaves are so very pretty.

    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    • Yes, we have lots of bird visitors that come back every year! We have two pairs of Towhee birds that return every fall and we’re pretty sure the Northern Flickers are all relatives of the original mated pair. Or maybe they just tell each other what suckers we are to put out food every week. That’s probably it. LOL!

  4. You certainly have a lot of terrific kitty visitors. We’re glad some, at least, have homes, though we don’t hold with allowing house cats to roam either. We also like your birds–we much prefer birds to our evil squirrels!

    P.S. Scruffy (what a name) is beautiful!

  5. Esses visitantes são encantadores, aquele pequeno laranja é muito fofo!
    Adorei as cores da árvore bordo, realmente muito bonito.

  6. lovely photographs. Love the name “Groucho” for that one cat, purrfect! I’m with you about not being “keen” on cats running free when there are outside dangers.

  7. WOW! You do have a lot of visitors of every kind!! Churchill looks like a bear in disguise! MOL

  8. Wow, you sure have a lot of neighborhood cats. A new one just showed up on our porch this morning. Very beautiful, but with huge puffed up tail and giving Mauricio a good talking to. Don’t know if we’ll see it again. Mom totally enjoyed meeting all your neighborhood kitties. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. Wow, you have LOTS of kitty neighbors! We too have coyotes here and my human wonders how people can let their cats roam unsupervised without worrying to death!

  10. The Swiss Cats

    So many visitors ! Church is very impressive ! Purrs

  11. What nice neighbors you have. We aren’t fond of neighbor cats roaming around our house. Not only are there dangers…but it riles us up.

  12. You sure have a bunch of good looking visitors !
    Happy wednesday 🙂


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    hhmmmmm….R we forgettin sum thin ???

    YES !!!!!!! ON PURPOZE


  14. Wow, y’all get a lot of visitors!

  15. What an impressive group of visitors you have! Amazing that Tough Boy will defend the yard even from you. It sounds like a perfectly appropriate name.

  16. You have a lot of visitors! I’m jealous, though–I haven’t seen a flicker since we moved. 🙁

  17. Wow that is a lot of visitors. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  18. Fevvers to watch. Looks like our back yard some days.

  19. We love Church’s nose! And yes, it’s too scary and dangerous for kitties to be outside with coyotes and traffic. It’s the same here, sadly. And with winter coming too.

  20. Oh, I just LOVE Church. I can’t wait to see more of him. I’m so happy Geoffry’s house is pleasing so many cats.