First off, we’ve discovered that “our” kitty evidently has another home, even though she did leave us fragments of a dead bird on our welcome mat a few days ago, and judging by the amount of time she spends here, evidently likes our house better. Yesterday she turned up with flea medicine in her fur, and was having an epic bad fur day before she got chased up a pine tree by an unknown orange cat and added pitch to the mess of fur she had going on.
Today, another black and white cat that we’ve seen once or twice evidently has been interested in her territory. This cat has a huge melon of a head and the weirdest “talking” noises I’ve heard, which includes when our kitty was trying to talk to a crow. She’s bigger than she was, but still not full grown, and this new cat is a fair bit bigger than she is.
Somehow, she’s managed to intimidate it. I’m not sure if it’s a stray, or just incredibly skittish, because it gets freaked out at the sight of people, but our kitty has been hanging around all night keeping this bigger cat away from the door and the food dish. I was in and out tonight, giving our kitty some attention, and when I went out about 10 it was hilarious. Mind you, I thought the cats had left, so it startled me pretty good to hear the screen door thump – there’s a ledge below the window part, and the kitty likes to sit on that, which makes the screen door bump around. She usually likes attention, but how interested she was in getting petted tonight and held was funny – like she was posturing for the other cat… “This is my house, these are my people!” I started to pet her head, and she’d stand up and lean hard into it every time. When I picked her up, which she doesn’t usually tolerate for long, she lay quietly purring and kind of kneading my arm with her paws… all while keeping an eye on this strange cat and with her tail twitching like mad.
It’s 11:30pm, and I don’t think she’s ever been around this late but both cats are still out there – the strange one alternating between on the porch and hiding under it, and our kitty alternating between keeping it at bay and crying to be let inside. I hope they both stay quiet – or relocate – tonight!