This isn’t what I had in mind.
But this is what I’ve got.
I am now living with 4 wonderful feline friends.
Two are elderly and consider themselves “retired.”
Two are youngsters, and they’re living it up.
Meanwhile, with Hattie gone into spirit and my yard no longer under her protection, we’re being inundated with wild critters.
- It’s been years since I’ve seen chipmonks in my yard, and now they’re running all over the place with not a care in the world.
- After years and years of the same old squirrel baffle keeping squirrels out of the bird feeders, one squirrel has figured out how to get past it. This means it had time to sit quietly and ponder the situation without a cat chasing it away.
- The mouse population inside my house feels safe, too.
Starlight’s attitude is rather like that of Tibetan Monks, whom, I’m told, are careful not to injure worms when they garden or dig a foundation for a house. She believes that it’s fine to play with a mouse, but when I ask her to kill them, she looks at me in horror.
OK. She’s clearly more spiritually advanced than I am.
Melissa thinks the mice are great fun. She thinks of them as toys that are far more interesting than anything else I’ve bought or made for her.
I hate to say this, but . . .
I NEED A CAT!
Not just any cat.
An experienced hunter who takes the job seriously.
Where can I find such a magnificent feline?
In a previous post, I shared that I had put out a telepathic call for a feline to live in and protect the yard with complete amenities. No one has shown up.
So now, I’m thinking of taking additional steps.
In pondering my options, I realize that my choices of how to proceed may be very limited. For one thing, rescue organizations expect people to keep even feral cats inside, despite that it’s mentally and emotionally stressful for them.
I don’t want a kitten. I want an experienced hunter, someone who enjoys the hunt and is good at it, likes to eat whatever he or she catches, and won’t want to become a house cat.
I don’t need any more house cats.
Maybe I should visit some local stables to see if anyone is overrun with cats that are at least semi-tame?
So, dear reader, I’m open for suggestions.
How do I find a cat who will be delighted to live outside with shelter provided, get 1 or 2 excellent meals from a can daily depending on need and the weather, enjoy fresh catnip from the front yard, and loves, loves, loves to hunt for her own food?