July 13th 2012 5:57 am
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The whole feral scene has sunk to a new low, I must say. The possums finally moved on; I didn’t mind seeing them too much – they are so ugly, they’re cute! Really lousy table manners, though. And though it’s a little bothersome to see a dozen or more wild cats chowing down on MY porch; that’s not so bad either; some of them are even my friends now – like Socks and Seven…and Star. They even come for walks with the pawrents and us – well, not Star – she’s still as skittish as ever with them, ungrateful little minx! They’ve been feeding her now for several months, after all! Nor is it the occasional spats mostly started by that Marble Cat, little strutting tough guy banty rooster…hmmphf! Those are actually kinda fun to watch when you’re in the safety zone of the house window.
No, what’s REALLY got my goat, is the “protection” kibble the Mama shells out to those low-life banditos, those masked marauders, those freeloading, over-sized, smelly, nock-earred, paw-washing (what’s THAT about???), neighborhood strong-paws who come around pushing all the ferals outta the way so they can eat MY kibble! Well, OK…it’s not the same kibble that I eat, but it comes from this house, so it’s MINE.
So what does the Mama do? She sets up a spot away from the porch for those local criminals for their OWN FEEDING STATION. And she puts scraps and KIBBLE in it!!! Hel-lo-o! You’re not supposed to feed them; they’ll come back!!! [EDITOR’S NOTE: Sound familiar, anyone?]
Anyway, she says they’re gonna come regardless – they can smell the food. This way, she keeps them off the porch while the cats are eating. When the cats are done, she picks up the leftovers. Right now this is still feasible, since there are only a couple of raccoons, and they will eat most anything, provided there’s a little kibble mixed in for flavor. It’s what may happen when the winter sets in and food becomes scarce. She doesn’t want a whole tribe of raccoons and other furs from the wildside coming! But she’ll just have to deal with that when it happens, I guess.
Oh, and one more thing: she says she may want to set them up their own water bowl, since no fur really wants to drink out of the bowl when they get finished with it!
Oh, the indignity of it all!
Want some possums to add to the mix? We have one that has been hanging around this summer. Last year we saw a raccoon. And yeah, our Mom is like yours, even the possum has a water bowl outside!
Hope more raccoons don't start showing up!
Get this: last night when the Mama goes to feed the outside guys, they all come running up to the door as usual. Right in the middle of them is the younger raccoon, trying to blend in like he's a cat!
Yes seems like your Mom and our Mom are in the same boat with the other critters.Mom was thinking of going to by a bag of cracked corn for the raccoons and put it more to trhe creek area for them.The posssum mom don't mind so much because they are so gentle around the cats they never scare them.But those coons when they eat grunt ansd snort like a batch of gremlins so the cats are more scared by them.Yes the little coons will try to fit in.Maybe it will look up at you one day and meow.mol