Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shed Cats!

When I went out to checking on my watering yesterday afternoon, shortly before the Androgums invaded my house, I peeked around the corner and saw TWO shed cats!

Shed Cats

I decided not to sneak up on them, as they never seem to appreciate it, and I know the black and white one was already freaked out enough from me getting close to it the day before. So I did my usual checking of the watering, only aimed the phone's camera at them and took progressive pictures as I approached. The black and white cat (aka Shed Cat One) saw me coming and took off under the shed to watch from the safety of a small space. The second shed cat eventually woke up and lazily looked up at me, and I got this shot.

Shed Cat Two

A moment later Shed Cat Two's eyes were wide open, and its whole body had tensed. It didn't run, but it looked terrified, so I slowly backed away, then turned my back so it could run without thinking I might attack. I finished checking on the watering and looked back toward the shed. SC1 was still hiding under the shed, but SC2 had vanished completely.

I'm not sure what to do about them, if anything. Both look scruffy, but they might have homes nearby. They aren't in my yard all the time. I don't want to encourage them so feeding them is out of the question, although I'm considering putting water out. I don't want them in my garden plot, but they don't seem to be doing anything to it now that the plants are big. I think for the moment I'll just let them alone and possibly put out water later if the heat calls for it. It shouldn't be tough to empty and replace water for shed cats while I'm out tending the plants.

Update: I put some water out. I saw the legs of SC1 poking out from under the shed when I looked out the window. No idea if the water has been appreciated or not.


Snard said...

We're going to start calling you Tegan "Two Shed Cats" Jackson.

(if you don't get the reference, do a YouTube search for "two sheds jackson")

Nathan said...

What I want to know is whether the shed cats are shedding.