The sun was out and the underbrush was wet for our walk this morning. Saw the water ouzel which has been missing in action since I saw her gathering twigs for her nest. Of course, the water is so high I can't see many quiet spots for her to find bugs.
I put the first sunflower seeds of the season out today and soon Rufus decided he'd have a better chance at a tidbit if he just got up in the birdfeeder and hung out - does he think they'll land on him or what?! Anyway, he had a fun hour or two while the chickadees and house finches ate from the other feeder and a magpie squawked at him from a safe distance!
Now that he's down he's asleep in his usual place for this time of year, the hot tub steps.
We've had some gorgeous color in the leaves this fall and the dogs and I have enjoyed them on our walks.
Rufus is resting today after a very busy day yesterday. Here he is up in the birdfeeder having his nap.
And now to tell you how he got so worn out!!!! Imagine my surprise when I went out yesterday and found him playing with a dead squirrel he had caught. How he managed since he has no claws, I'll never know, but he was one proud boy!!!!
We've been enjoying gorgeous fall weather this past week in Utah. We'd like to thank all of you who have been hosting cat blogging. http://catsnmom.blogspot.com/ is this week's host and KC is doing a mighty fine job!
Rufus has been missing from action almost all summer and that's because his family goes to the lake on the weekends and leaves him at home all by his lonesome - poor baby. His good friend Robyn comes and feeds him and plays with him when he's alone, and it's been such a hot summer in Utah he's spent most of his days napping and his nights prowling. His favorite thing this summer has been playing in his Costco boxes, and it finally cooled off enough last weekend for him to have a good romp with his best friend and yellow labrador, Mattie. We've missed all our cat blogging friends and are glad to see you're all out there - we, too, hope Clare and Kiri are OK and thanks to Miss Ellie at http://misselliespage.blogspot.com/2006/09/weekend-cat-blogging-65.html for hosting this week.
Rufus and I wanted to tell you about a movie we watched the other night - it's called Duma and is about a boy in South Africa who raises an orphaned cheetah and returns it to the wild. We enjoyed the movie a lot and the cheetah, named Duma, was fantastic. Here's a pic of the cover.
Good morning all - Rufus wanted to check in to say hello - he's a very busy kitty these days spending most of his time outside! He loves to survey his world from the bird feeder and usually settles in for a nap!
You've had questions about Rufus and it's about time he and I try to answer them!
First off, here he is out back w/ our snowdrops and eranthus two days before we got another 15" of snow - springtime in the Rockies!!!
Rufus was born at a fur farm and a family in Nevada adopted him and took him before his eyes opened and bottle fed him. They had him until he was 8 months old but they couldn't get a permit for him so at that point he went back to the fur farm. That family had a pet store and they'd put him in with the puppies every day and consequently he loves dogs! In fact sometimes we call him a cat-a-dog because he gets confused and isn't sure if he's a cat or a dog!
They declawed him (you couldn't really have him as a pet if he wasn't) but then they had to send him back to the fur farm because they couldn't get a permit. My husband knew these people and we agreed to adopt Rufus. We live in an area where we can get a permit - more on that later.
So at 8 months, Rufus came to live with us. At that point, we also had a yellow lab and a Bengal cat and an alley cat. Rufus loved the lab and after about two weeks he and the Bengal became playmates. The alley cat and he were always a little wary of each other.
I wish Rufus could have lived in the wild because he's high strung and shouldn't be cooped up. However, without his claws that wouldn't work and he couldn't be placed in a zoo because zoo animals have their claws.
So he's lived with us and he'll turn 14 in May. He's been a lively pet but a good one. All our previous pets have died and we now have an 18 month old lab he adores and an Australian shepherd he puts up with!
He eats a canned food, Zupream, that's fed to zoo animals - it contains nutrients for the wild cat. He's not dangerous but we won't let little kids get too close to him - they're too fidgety and they can't hold still and that makes him nervous. He purrs like a chainsaw.
He uses a doggie door to go out back and has almost an acre to roam on. In the house, he's on invisible fence and is only allowed in the living room and the kitchen.
All in all, he's been a fun pet and he's gotten along well with our animals. I wouldn't recommend keeping wild animals as pets though - they're meant to be in the wild.
Oh yeah - the permit - he's held on a scientific use permit - we found a vet willing to take care of him - he gets regular rabies shots and all the cat shots - his blood is drawn and sent to universities that test it to see how efficacious the rabies shots are - they've also drawn up a DNA panel on him and tested other stuff as well.
Hope this answers some of your questions - have a good weekend!