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Scooby’s Autumn walkabout / Catio tag

This post displays two very short videos of Scooby’s Autumn walkabout, followed by some still photographs. Each video is only 38 seconds long. There is a little dog barking in both videos. He is not barking at Scooby. The dog cannot see Scooby and does not know he is there. Scooby is looking around, wondering where all that barking is coming from. You may see a white mailbox in the video on a tree stump. I am installing it for Bigfoot, so I don’t have to share my mailbox with him.

Catio Tag

Catio Zeke Scooby

Hi Zeke!

Zeke Scooby Catio

Is that really you, Scooby?

Catio Zeke Scooby

Let’s play tag!

Scooby Zeke catio

See you later!

zeke scooby catio

Gotcha!

 

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Catio Nights

This post is about catio nights.

I only let the cats out in the catio in the dark when I am awake.  When I go to sleep every one must come in.  Sometimes some coaxing is required, but all in all, they are pretty good about coming in on command.  There is a wooded area in the back of my lot, which is of great interest to the cats, because of the birds and other critters that like it out there.  Many hours is spent in surveillance.  Additionally, Scooby is the only cat that looks up to watch the airplanes flying over the house.  The other cats take no notice.  Sometimes they hang out until after sundown.  Early in the morning when I get up before sun up, they go out again.  It is primarily the boys–Scooby and Zeke–who are interested in staying out after dark.

Scooby

Scooby

Scooby Zeke

Scooby and Zeke

Scooby Zeke

Scooby

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Life in the catio then and now

This post is about life in the catio then and now.

THEN: I rummaged around my external hard drive, and pulled out some old catio pre-digital photographs. The catio photos are taken at my previous house, where I originally built the thing. Aside from a few repairs, it is still the same catio. The cats shown are Peep (Maine Coon), Data–long hair orange and white, and Verty–a tabby like Scooby. All crossed over the bridge quite a while back. They can be read about on my In Remembrance page. Interestingly enough in both locations, the catio faces East. My next door neighbors had cats, rabbits, and geese. When coyotes killed them all, I decided my cats were going to be indoor cats from then on. I could not bear losing them. And thus, the catio, or catrun, as I called it then was created.

me cats and catio

Old Polaroid of me and cats checking out the new catio for the first time 2001

The above featured photo is a polaroid from 2001, which I repost today as it is the only one I have like this.

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Catio Closed! What???????????????

Catio closed!

Is it an earthquake? Is it a tornado? Is it a lava flow? No, we are getting a new roof. I do not want pieces of the old roof falling upon your heads along with other dirt. So, we have the catio covered to keep debris out. I do not want to have to go inside to clean it either. You still cannot go out in it. It will be too noisy and scary. And so it was, for some, but not for others. Scooby, who should be retitled Scooby the Fearless, took no notice of the hammering and banging at all, only occasionally looking upwards toward the sound of the occasional big thump. Marigold as well would just as soon sleep until it was over. On the other hand, Opie skulked about, and would sit by me for my magic protection from all scary things. As long as I was serene, no worries. Zeke burrowed into the back of the closet underneath the stairs, and had to be coaxed out. Then he went to his safe home under the bed, where he stayed all day until they quit for the night. It was only two days, and normalcy has resumed as though nothing has happened.

conveyor

Is this blue bin our new litter box? How will it fit in the door?

house and catio

Catio Closed! Covered to protect from roof debris. There was a work crew of four

Scooby sleeping

Scooby the Fearless sleeps

Marigold in cat bed

Marigold is not disturbed

Opie cat

Opie resting in a somewhat worried fashion

scooby catio

Back to normal

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