If you read my blog on a regular basis (and if you do, thank you!), you will know that the Crankee Yankee and I are owned by six indoor cats. We also feed and shelter the stray cats, or the “outoorsies” as I like to call them. Some of them may have homes, some may be on their own, but at least they know that they have food and water in our back yard, and clean, dry shelters under our porch and in our garage.
Of course, the resident raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks and birds enjoy the bounty as well. But that’s fine with us; we hate to see anything go hungry. Even in the winter time, we stamp down trails so that they don’t have to slog up to their arm pits; or I guess you could call them “leg pits.” Frankly, I think that most of them have homes; they just like to have a meal at our house now and then.
This past summer we put up a birdfeeder on one part of the garden. I also toss out bread and muffin bits, as well as baby carrots for the occasional rabbit. The squirrels enjoy the bird feeder nearly as much as the birds do. During the winter months, we put up suet pans; in the cold weather, they need all the fat and protein they can get.
Not only do the strays get food, water and shelter, but they provide endless entertainment for our indoor cats. Also, our cats like to sit on the window sills and watch the birds and squirrels on and near the birdfeeder. For them, it’s Cat TV, or as we call it, “savage amusement.”
To each his own.