We have two cats and two cats is plenty for us, especially from a cost perspective. They are both older cats, 16 and 12 respectively, and both have medical issues that require medication and food. The 16 year old has been on her regiment for about 18 months, and the 12 year old has been on his for over two-thirds of his life. So, they’re by no means in any jeopardy.
But, as I said, the medication and food is expensive. So, two cats is just fine for both Mrs. Beagle and I, and I’m sure even the cats would agree that they’re fine with just each other.
There’s a third cat that is in disagreement with this, or so it would seem.
A few weeks ago, I was cutting the grass in the backyard, and was a little startled when I noticed an animal sitting watching me from the edge of the wooded area at the back of the property. Turns out it was a cat. As I moved toward the back of the yard with my mower, it eventually ran away. I didn’t think anything of it until a couple of weeks later.
I was coming down the stairs when I heard an awful racket coming from the kitchen. The 12 year old cat was going beserk. I went in there to find that the stranger cat was sitting right on the other side of the sliding glass door. My cat was not amused but the other cat was calm as kings, just sitting there as if nothing was happening. Eventually I went out and chased it off.
The cat has returned on a fairly regular basis. I’m guessing that it ‘belongs’ to a nearby neighbor who treats it as an outdoor cat. I haven’t heard either of my cats go too crazy, just some growling, but it still irritates and concerns me.
I’ve seen the cat in the front yard, as well, so I’m afraid that he’ll wander into the garage if the door is left open, and could then make its way into the house if we’re not careful. That wouldn’t be good.
Especially with the colder weather coming, I’m hoping that this cat doesn’t look for a warm place or think that because we have cats that it’s welcome. Because it’s not.
I have confirmed with a couple of the neighbors that they’ve seen the cat and that it has gone up on their decks as well, so at least I know it’s not singling us out as it’s only place it wants to make itself known.
On the other hand, we usually get squirrels digging up the backyard as they bury nuts, and I haven’t seen as much activity this year, so maybe the cat is scaring them off. That wouldn’t be so bad, I guess.
Have you ever had an unwelcome visitor? How do you discourage kitty loitering?