Here’s something I’ve noticed about well fed cats: once they no longer need to hunt for food their instincts flip over into caretaking and gift giving mayhem. Once, I had a little tabby cat and for seven years she never hunted- until the day I became pregnant with Daniel. And then, long before the rabbit kicked the bucket (this was in the old days, when you had to wait until you were about 8 weeks along to test positive) she started delivering a mouse a day. I swear that cat sniffed out the hormone change long before I did. She would place these high protein morsels right at the side of the bed where I would step on them as I swung into my day. I had terrible morning sickness with Daniel- that staggering nausea that just plain immobilizes you for 4 or 5 months- and waking up to a dead mouse every morning didn’t help. But she persisted and I would give her a pat and let her know I appreciated her contribution to my nutritional needs.
McCloud has never been much of a hunter. He gets a lot of vicarious pleasure out of Sophie’s prowess and back when they had the run of the great outdoors she would often bring him a gift of mouse or vole. He often tried to take credit for it but frankly, he’s so, um, hefty he can’t really catch more than his own tail right now. He does that stupid trick about once a week. We’re hoping that once the kitties get to Florida as snowbirds, they’ll run off some of that city sloth.
We all ignored him but in the morning the evidence was all over the carpet. When I exclaimed, "Oh, some big fat kitty has been soooo naughty!" he came dashing into the room to demonstrate exactly how a 23 pound cat can be a lethal weapon- to Christmas tree ornaments.
McCloud is going to try and get aboard Friday’s Ark today. I’m fairly certain he’ll be housed with the hippos and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.
Here’s another one for the Ark. Who is this guy? I don’t know, but with those striking markings he probably doesn’t need to rely on pheromones. Any bug enthusiasts want to take a guess? He was sunbathing on the tile of the new Florida porch. I thought maybe some kind of Braconid wasp?