Bored cats

The cold is not only hard on humans, but also on our pets. My cats, though warm and pampered, are having a tough time this winter because they cannot get outside. Last winter and the one before when we lived in Linton was hard because they couldn’t go outside, but it was an area they didn’t know, and didn’t seem so bad. I think this winter is worse because they look out and see the area that they patrol all summer, but can’t or in some cases won’t go out. I open the door just enough to let them sniff the air. They lift their paws and shake their heads like lions shaking their manes. They know how cold it is. Today is not so bad, but most days have been the kind of cold that could cost them the tips of their ears if left out too long. One of my biggest worries is letting Sophia outside and forgetting that I did it. I am always afraid that I will let her out and forget her when I have to go away for a while. Anyway, here are a few photos of what they have been doing.

Sophia was rolling on the floor wishing that it was the ground outside.

Sophia was rolling on the floor wishing that it was the ground outside.

Sophia getting ready to settle on the quilt on the rocking chair.

Sophia getting ready to settle on the quilt on the rocking chair.

Sophia finally settled down to sleep. This is about when Roger wants to pounce.

Sophia finally settled down to sleep. This is about when Roger wants to pounce.

Roger is stalking Sophia. She can be such a pain when she is bored.

Roger is stalking Sophia. She can be such a pain when she is bored.

Here Roger is sitting in front of the sink waiting for the furnace to kick in and start blowing. She loves that spot.

Here Roger is sitting in front of the sink waiting for the furnace to kick in and start blowing. She loves that spot.

Tigee eats and eats some more, and when the water or food is empty, she is sure to come and stand in front of me meowing until I follow to fill up the bowl.

Tigee eats and eats some more, and when the water or food is empty, she is sure to come and stand in front of me meowing until I follow to fill up the bowl.

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  1. christinelaennec
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 04:22:21

    Our Tilly was rescued as a stray in a week of snow and freezing temperatures, and she has always been a housecat. We’re hoping that she might be able to go out in our new house/garden, but she is still quite scared of outside. We’ll see. Cats are all so individual. We had two very happy housecats for years (brothers) who entertained one another. Then one died, and the other was heartbroken. After he’d put his face to the wall and refused to eat for two weeks, we got a kitten. This kitten grew to be a definite outside cat – created absolute havoc inside.
    So I hope your outdoors cats will be able to accept they need to stay safely inside for now.

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  2. Garden Walk Garden Talk
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 15:56:03

    I have bored cats too, but they want nothing to do with going outside. Both cats were strays before I brought them in and they remember years of winters on the streets. Sophie looks like my Frosty.

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