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March 5th, 2005

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10:26 am - My brave cats
Time for a cat-post.

We have some twenty to thirty centimetres of snow where I live. This is exceptional, not only for the time of the year (according to the meteoroligists spring has begun!), but for the whole winter too. We may have lots of ice in The Netherlands in some years, but snow is something else.

Therefore my cats are not used to these amounts of snow. It is fun to see their ambivalent attitude towards the phenomenon. On Wednessday my daughter and I were throwing snowballs at each other, having great fun. The cats were intrigued and decided to see what it was all about. One by one they ventured out, taking care to follow in our footsteps. Until Poesjenel noticed one of the many birds that are now finally eating the red berries of the viburnum (These berries are a "last resource" for the birds. They are only eaten when all other food has been eaten or become unattainable. In a soft winter the berries are never eaten, they would still be hanging from the bush when the new leaves are coming out.) Then they went off, both of them.
I am happy to say that the birds got away easily.

My cats are still going outside, always for a short time. They hate using the cat box, but now they occasionally do.

The cat flap is on the first floor (a very effective way to keep out strange cats). They still can get in and out on their own, and I think they are very brave to do that under these circumstances. They have to jump on top of the garbage container, then on a small garden shed, from that on the wall near the front door, and then on the glass plate above the front door. There I have placed a light bamboo table to enable the cats to make the last jump to the balustrade of the roof terrace. It keeps them fit. Now everything is covered in a thick layer of snow, and they still do it. I admire them.

Most of the day they just laze about on the warmest spots in the house: on the lid of the aquarium, or in the hall where the pipes of the underfloor heating are distributed throughout the first floor. But you can see that being indoors a lot makes them restless. They challenge each other, chase after each other, running at full speed through the whole house. And then, just when you think maybe you should lock them up in separate rooms, they start washing each other behind  the ears.

City in the snow

Poesjenel in the snow

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Date:March 5th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Awww wat een schatties..
Ik ken een dikke rooie kater, en als die buiten loopt in de sneeuw dan zie je een heel spoor van z'n buik.
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Date:March 5th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Mijn rooie ging er vanmiddag echt op uit, hij maakte sprongen van ruim een meter. Leverde een heel grappig spoor op: vier pootafdrukjes, hele tijd niks, vier pootjes, niks, pootjes, niks. Maar zijn buik bleef droog!

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