Round the garden in 80 days #44

Now I think I know what has been causing footprints in the garden. I’d been reticent to mention seeing them, for fear of being considered a bit paranoid. So, I decided I must have somehow made them myself, albeit quite how I could have them so small would have been the question.

After getting back from my parents this afternoon, I dutifully topped up the Green Johanna with vegetable peelings and did a bit of pruning. The next thing I knew, there was a very large cat taking a drink from the pond.

Apart from looking up from its lapping when it noticed me, it seemed totally unperturbed. It sat in the position you can see in the photo until it eventually decided to wander down the path to the back of the garden and jump onto the fence before disappearing next door.

I hope it was simply thirst rather than on the lookout for birds. The pond was constructed for them and, hopefully, for other wild creatures such as toads, so all told I’m not especially happy that domestic pets are using it as a watering hole.

When I was a kid, my dad kept koi in our large pond. These were a magnet for local cats and my mum took exception to them, rushing out of the kitchen every time she saw one. At least, we don’t have any fish, unless something truly remarkable is going on.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #44

  1. We had trouble with cats using our beds as litter trays. I spread clippings from a hawthorn hedge over the area and they went somewhere less spiky. \i feel slightly guilty, but i made gardening less hazardous. Just a thought . . .

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Cats don’t have any boundaries do they. We have a few feral ones around us and don’t encourage them because we feed the birds.

  3. Other people’s cats can be a nuisance. We once had one with a bell round its neck – no doubt to warn birds, but it irritated me.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I have cats who visit to use the grass as a toilet, I put the offending turds around the fence to deter my nemesis, rats.

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have 3 cats so cannot complain about anyone else’s! They are excellent at controlling vermin in the garden but do occasionally catch birds so I never put bird feeders out. There is plenty of cover for birds to enjoy the garden out of danger. It must be much harder in a suburban setting.

  6. Cats are lovely until they start eating birds and other small animals one had hoped to attract! Wishing you a healthy and rewarding new year, Helen!

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