Sunday, October 9, 2011

Urban garden


For an urban garden the wildlife is not too bad here in the rambling two story mansion. We are on a hill overlooking the harbour and so the view of the city, sea and hills is amazing. It's only five minutes' drive to the centre of the city. And there are pockets of bush on our section and nearby. So we have resident tui, flaneuring flocks of wax-eyes, and even have been visited on occasion by a couple of fat 'wood pigeon' kereru.

We make sure to attach bells to the Tabbyssinian when he goes outside and so far (cross fingers) he hasn't brought back a native bird at all. In fact he seems to prefer chasing insects and catching lizards, and almost always brings the reptiles back in a rescuable form. He stalks the common skink (not the rare jewelled gecko, thank goodness!) - and at first it was only the tail he was left with, but he soon cottoned on to that trick and started presenting us with the skink minus tail. Then he wised up to the detachable tail thing and has lately been returning with the animal whole. I hope they survive when we take them back outside. It's not easy sometimes, living with a predator, but we do our best to minimise the slaughter. And I understand he's just trying to contribute to our household stores. For himself, he prefers cat biscuits to anything that creeps or crawls or flies.


Mystical contemplation of a tiny bug.
Note the bright spangly pink collar (it has two bells).

7 comments:

Belle said...

Our cats bring mice to the door quite often.

Isabel Doyle said...

How did you gt him into a collar? Ours go ABSOLUTLY ape when we've tried. We give up fearing they will rip their own necks to shreds.

Although fascinated by the birds, (So far) we only get geckos as trophies.

The Paradoxical Cat said...

He did go crazy the first time I put a collar on him. Actually it was very funny. He did multiple somersaults, not quite sure what had him in its grasp. And he hated the bell. But we just were not going to let him out without it, and kept putting it on him, and we only let him outside when he had it on. And we took it off the mintue he came back inside. The collar hangs on the back door knob. And when he wants to go out he goes and rattles the bell. He is a very smart cat. Mind you we have been through quite a few collars because we get the type with the safety release, so once in a while he comes back without it on...

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Belle, does your cat bring live mice? I knew a cat who did that, and I'm glad this one doesn't because I'm terrified of mice.

sas said...

that is a Very Smart Collar. I bet he is the envy of all the neighbourhood cats.

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Hi Sas, I think he gets a bit of good natured ribbing :-)

We've spent a fortune on poncy replacement collars too, because regularly he comes home without the collar. It's possible he takes them to a paw-n shop... we wonder if he has a catnip habit to finance.

Vanda Symon said...

Louie brings in live everything! So far we've had skinks, birds, mice, rats and rabbits!!! For some reason he seems to think we like his gifts. Odd that I'm the one in the family who gets to deal with them...