Polly’s New Toy

One of Polly’s Christmas presents this year was a catnip filled furry toy rat called Rizzo. I have bought her toys with catnip before and like my previous cats she has not shown much interest. However, she really seems to like playing with Rizzo and spent a lot of time on Christmas Eve pouncing on him and grabbing him with all four paws. I didn’t have the camera handy then but this morning when she was playing with him again I did manage to take a few pictures.

Snapshot Sunday – Polly Takes A Nap

Polly asleep on my bed.

Polly asleep on my bed.

We haven’t had a gratuitous cat photo for a while so today’s picture is of Polly relaxing on my bed. She has started doing this a lot lately and especially likes this beige throw which I sometimes wrap round my shoulders if I am reading in bed. If I go into the room and find her there she will generally purr and roll over for a tummy rub.

Snapshot Sunday – Feral Rooster

A small colony of roosters live on a piece of land near the local sports ground. They have been dumped there by owners who prefer just to keep hens and not noisy, unproductive roosters. The number varies but there are usually about half a dozen birds of various breeds who all live together quite happily. This one is quite a handsome fellow I think. I have written about the group in another post. Thank you to my fellow blogger Dennis for giving me the idea for today’s post when he posted a rooster photo of his own the other day. His bird looks to be a similar breed to this one.

http://diaryofdennis.com/2015/05/16/new-resident-in-the-garden/

Feral Roosters

How Polly Got A Red Nose

I haven’t posted any stories or pictures about Polly, our cat for a while so here is a new one.

Polly is an inside cat most of the time. She is allowed into the back garden but only under supervision. She likes to eat grass and explore a little while I hang washing or Hubby sits in the sun reading. Polly strongly dislikes strangers and if anyone comes into our house she’ll go and hide somewhere under a bed or wardrobe until she is sure they are gone. Therefore the day that I had the pest controller come to spray the house for spiders and other creepy crawlies I thought that it would be wise to put Polly out of the way. The pest controller had assured me that the product he used was not harmful to pets but I thought I’d take both Polly and Cindy outside just to be safe.

My original idea was to put Polly in her cat cage as it would only be for half an hour or so but as it was such a beautiful autumn day I thought she might enjoy some extra outside time. I decided to set up the little tent we used to use when she was a kitten instead. I set it up on the back lawn away from the house but not too far and put a bowl of water out. I was able to entice Polly out of her apartment in the linen cupboard by opening a tin of cat food, her radar detected it at once and she came and jumped on to her feeding table looking forward to an early meal. I took both Polly and the cat food out to the tent and zipped her in.

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Polly in the tent.

 

Polly attempts a jail break.

Polly attempts a jail break.

She didn’t like it at all! At first she was just anxious to get out but I didn’t think she could so I went to do a couple of things. When I checked on her she had actually managed to make a hole in the netting and was poking her nose out.  I realised that if I left her alone she’d get her whole head out so I went out to her and she was quite upset. I think maybe she didn’t like being left alone. Anyway as long as I sat with her and stroked her she was calm and as soon as the house had been sprayed inside I took her back in.

I thought that she would probably avoid me for the rest of the day after such a traumatic experience but she came trotting back after an hour or so looking for attention and by the end of the day I’m sure she’d forgotten all about it.

Later I noticed that she had  a red mark on her nose which she must have got trying to break through the netting.

Polly relaxing after her traumatic morning.

Polly relaxing after her traumatic morning.

I would really like to build Polly an outdoor cat run so she could enjoy the things cats like to do without escaping or killing birds but I can see that if that ever happens I’ll have to make sure there is a passage to connect it with the house so she can run back when she’s had enough.

Polly trying to sleep on the back of a chair cushion.

Polly trying to sleep on the back of a chair cushion.