Tuesday, December 19, 2017

War Games Between Primates


No, this is not a political or military post.  These war games are played between man, the highly developed, intelligent species.
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And the canny feline with his finely-tuned senses.
Most of you reading this post know that we have a cat fence up so the felines can enjoy the outdoors.
The two seniors have never stepped outside of it, except when the gate has been left open while loading and unloading items and Captain has stuck his inquisitive nose outside his safe zone then scurried back in.
Then we rescued FrankenMonster who's been seduced by the siren call of birds on the other side of the fence. He started out digging his way under the fence, until the HH filled in all his holes. Next he undertook to find the weak points in the fence and scoot on out. The first couple of times this happened I was frantic. We'd get him back in and try to figure out where he'd done his escape act.  I finally figured out if I called him, he'd hop back up the fence and scurry around to the weak point and drop back in, at which time, the HH  armed with his trusty stapler and ties would strengthen the  weak links.
So far...
Holes filled in.  Weak links fixed. And since we haven't had a breakout in a couple of weeks, man is temporarily winning the war games.

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34 comments:

  1. lol those birds are just egging him on, he has to try. Maybe he'll employ the pup to help once more.

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    1. Yeah, maybe use his as a jumping mat to soar over the fence:)

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  2. I can just hear the kitty. "They've found Tom. We'll just have to open up Dick and Harry. And keep the goons busy."
    paraphrase of Big X's speech from "The Great Escape."
    =^,.^=

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  3. I love CJ Kennedy's comment and wish I could think of something witty! Such a fun post Sandra, thank you for making my day. x

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    1. That CJ is witty.
      Glad you enjoyed it, Barbara:)
      x

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  4. Great story. I think you need a mini Guantanamo to keep monster kitty in. You will not have much boredom as long as he is around. So, back to b-day baking for me! Hugs, Valerie

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  5. Love it. Our cats have almost always been much smarter than we are. Much much smarter.

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  6. Bleubeard used to climb the walls until he could get outside. Once out, all he wanted to do was sit on the porch. But I always worried. Now you can't get him outside. He has decided he prefers the indoors to the harsh outside. I can't believe he's the same cat. This all happened after I got Squiggles, so that may be the factor that kept him inside and safe from harm.

    Squiggles, on the other hand, has virgin paws. He's only been outside when in a carrier headed to the vet. He hides when anyone comes over and is definitely MY cat. Period.

    LOVED how your husband took care of the problem, at least for the time being. It was such a humorous post and I really enjoyed reading it.

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    1. Good for Squiggles. He's a good boy. You know Franky is so audacious with us, but like Squiggles when there's a stranger in the house, he's gone.
      Glad you liked the post.

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  7. I discovered yesterday that Penelope is trying to dig under the fence in one spot. She actually pulled out a brick that my son put there. I put it back and stepped on it as hard as I could to shove it into place. I also told her "NO" a number of times. So far so good, but it's only been 24 hours.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. She is determined. If it's been twenty-four hours maybe the crisis is past.
      We had a dog once that was digging under the fence on one side and a girlfriend wanna a be was digging from the other.

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  8. I commend you for making a cat yard that is safe. I love how the birds are just sticking their tongues out at your rescue kitty. I’m glad he hasn’t figured out a way out since....always scary. Yesterday our Kaspar got out when some Jehovah Witnesses we’re talking to me but, luckily I caught him and the jehovah’s left.

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    1. Maybe Kaspar was trying a diversionary tactic:)
      There's also a squirrel taunting him now.
      You have a jolly day.

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  9. Good for you for keeping your cats safe. In the neighborhood I used to live in, my neighbors let their cats run around all over the place, and sometimes the cats would get lost or worse. Once a cat actually ran into my apartment when I opened the front door; fortunately, I was able to track down its owner.

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    1. Whew. Glad you were able to find the owner!
      Have a jolly day.

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  10. Sounds like the battle we've had trying to keep our Huskie Micah close to home! He loves us, and rules his kingdom like a benevolent prince, but he has a GYPSY heart!

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    1. We had a dog like that when I was growing up. He was the best dog ever but like Micah, he loved to roam.
      Have a jolly day, Marcie.

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  11. We've never had cats ... only a rabbit, but I enjoyed your post.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I love bunnies. I had a pal that had one. Roamed the house and used a litter box.

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  12. Loved the pics Sandra, especially the cat. I still miss my Tabitha who was diabetic and I had to give her two shots of insulin a day. She was a real comfort to me when hubby passed away.

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    1. Being a caretaker to an animal on insulin is challenging. Kudos to you, Yvonne.
      Maybe it's time to rescue another four-legged friend.

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  13. They are terribly clever. Great that you contain the cats. I am sure they don't mind in the least.

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    1. Critters sure are clever. They have a healthy amount of roaming room and seem content.
      Have a jolly day, Andrew.

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  14. My two furry mates are inside cats. They used to go out very briefly and scamper back in again, but now they're comfortably indoors, 24/7. :)

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  15. Oh Sandra, your FrankenMonster is indeed a crafty creature! I live in panic that Lizzie -- who is looking more and more interested in the outside -- will escape. You're so wise to watch for the weak links and see how the exit was done! I hope all such escapes are averted -- but I wouldn't be surprised if the climbing gene kicks in!

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  16. LOL! So cute! You have one smart cat! Keeps you and your hubby busy! LOL! Love the photos! Big Hugs!

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