Last night we were watching the vast wasteland called TV and the cats were on point, 3 at the back door and the other one, at one of the windows. Just about the time I said something, I heard the distinct sound of a unhappy rattlesnake. John got a flashlight and sure enough, it was right by the screen door, on the other side, thank goodness.
Cats can really focus when they want to, and it was really hard to get them away from the door. All this time the snake is letting the world know his opinion of the situation and John said he couldn't hear it. Too many years working on jet planes, his hearing isn't very good. That's an understatement when the sound is a cranky snake...........LOL
Lately the cats have been exceptionally obnoxious, picking on each other or demanding their space or whatever they can do to be the picker or the pickee. Either way, a few days ago I armed myself with a spray bottle of water. If you ever need to get a snake to move, water will usually do it. Rather than go off the porch, it got up against the wall of the house. So John was real careful when he went out to feed the birds this morning, but the snake was gone.
This time of year we usually see more snakes than any other time of the year, they are getting ready for hibernation and eating heavy. We've had 4 donkeys bitten by rattlesnakes and all of them were in Aug/Sept.
A few days ago, the "cat patrol" was in the spa room, yelling and screaming like banshees. We had just went to bed, so we got up with a flashlight. Thought it was probably one of the tomcats, but it turned out to be a desert fox and it was right by the open window, where the cats were having their fits. It wasn't afraid of them, but it took off when it saw us. We don't see fox very often, mostly skunks and raccoons.
This morning I found a nice fat scorpion in the bathroom sink. Guess that explains why we don't see bugs or spiders in the bathroom anymore. Sorry, but he got relocated outside. I don't mind scorpions, but not in close proximity.
The donkeys are still on limited hours out of their pens and have just about quite eating the beans, unless the wind blows some down. There's not many left in the trees, which is a good thing. We haven't checked Burroland yet to see what the bean situation is over there. Haven't heard many cows lately, but hopefully even if they haven't eaten all the beans, they should be getting unappetizing the longer they lay of the ground.
|What a difference even though they are both equine..........!!!|
OBTW haven't seen the black kitty since he was in such a hurry to get out the back gate. Also haven't seen the orange kitty that has a date with destiny Monday. I might have to cancel his "surgery"............LOL