We have a stray cat who allows us the inestimable pleasure of feeding her. She simply showed up on the back deck, one day, and let us know she bestowed this grace on us.
In return, lives in our garage at night, and takes care of the occasional mouse. I know this because she leaves her foot prints on the hood, windshield and ragtop of my Miata. (Not bragging. It’s an old 1991 model with over 100,000 miles on its tired frame.)
Well, as we speak, a carpenter is sealing up the two ‘critter holes’ thru which the cat gains access to the garage. Now, I’m worried that without this shelter, she will have a hard time surviving our New England winters.
What’s the answer? I can’t do a kitty door to the garage. Will a cat house (if such exists) from Petco on the back deck be adequate protection from the elements? (We have some racoons on the property. Would they be a threat to the cat?)
If the cat house is no good, do you have another suggestion or two?
All kidding aside, I’d worried about this animal.
I’ve always thought I was not a cat person but she has won me over. I guess her aloofness is part of the charm. For the longest time she hissed whenever we slid the deck door open to put out her food and water.
No longer, however. Just a plaintive “meow” or two, and then, after we slide the door shut, she stretches luxuriously (to let us know she’s not all that hungry) and then makes her haughty way for the dishes.