I took Frankie for a walk the other day because it had been at least a week since his last escape and I had been procrastinating about taking him out so I decided it was time. Of course, he helped motivate me by being extremely annoying. Somehow he knows when I make the decision to take him out because he gets very excited and follows me around the house meowing constantly. Then I take his harness out of the drawer and the excitement level rises to epic proportions.
On this day we didn’t go very far when Frankie stopped about ten feet from a parked car and stared. I didn’t know what he was looking at but soon saw a black cat under the car.
The cat had a collar but I could not tell if it was a flea collar. Outside cats are not allowed where I live so either somebody is breaking the rules or someone put a flea collar on a stray cat as a friendly gesture. It could also be a stray or feral cat that someone has been taking care of and the collar is to discourage trapping.
Surprisingly, Frankie did not growl or hiss at the cat nor did the cat growl or hiss at Frankie. That could be because it was female. I don’t know. Frankie quietly inched his way forward and the truce lasted until he was very close and then the cat hissed and ran under the next car.
Frankie didn’t pursue. Instead, he found a tree about about forty or fifty feet away and left his calling card.
I’m sure he appreciated the chance to be outdoors….and even though the “under the car” cat wasn’t open to a meet and greet at least he/she must be somewhat used to other cats to allow him that close. He left a calling card out there so other cats – ferals, etc. – know there’s a cat in town!
Frankie sure does love being outdoors. I think he would be happiest as an indoor/outdoor cat but I do not live in the right place for that.
We think Ted would do the same – and possibly was an outdoor or feral before we adopted him because he is SO “in his element” out there.
We think the same thing about Frankie.
maybe you check his phone… maybe the cat will accept his tree-offer :o)
Maybe he will receive a coded pee-o-gram. 🙂
Frankie sure enjoyed his little excursion. Our Rumpy Bump now goes right to the back door so he can be let into our new cat yard and does the same meowing. Dad has to go out and lock the cat door to the outside where the ferals come in for a night snack and then lets our intrepid explorer check things out. Cats love being outside
Some of them sure do love it.
Well, you could have had a real problem if Frankie had reacted negatively to that other cat.
I probably should have stopped it erlier but since neither one of them were hissing I thought I would see if maybe they would be friendly.
I’m glad things didn’t escalate there!
Yes, me too.
Or maybe the black cat had been for a walk and slipped away from the owner and his under a car…
I have never seen anyone but myself who walks their cat. 🙂
Very good Frankie and I’m glad you got to deliver some peeMail while you were out!
Poor kitty, I hope she is fixed.
I would guess yes since she has a collar.
What a gentleman
Hoping someone didn’t lose their kitty. I bet Frankie didn’t hiss because of the female thing.
I think that is a good bet.
One of the outdoor strays that I feed accidentally ran into my garage at the same time Pumpkin ran out the kitchen door into the garage. Pumpkin hissed and the other cat (who is quite a bit bigger) had a look in her eyes that said, “Get me the heck outta here!” I was able to open the garage door to let the other cat out and get Pumpkin back inside where she belongs. No idea what would have happened had I not noticed the other cat inside….Not as good as yours turned out, I would guess.
It makes me wonder how colonies of strays are established without more fighting.
Exactly! And this stray is one of a group of 3 that I feed. They all get along!