Photo by Barry Wallace
After years of our cats running free in the yard (and in the neighbours' yards), our newest cat is now on a leash when he goes into the backyard. It's to save the birds and to protect him as well. Over the years we've lost a few cats to misadventure as they had the run of the neighbourhood. Finally, we know where the cat is at all times. And it seems the birds and squirrels and chipmunks are much safer. Jaime is a year old now and as far as we know, he has not caught a bird yet...or any other critter. It's not for lack of trying. He still stalks anything that moves but he always runs out of rope before he ponces on anything. He may not look thrilled about his situation (above), but he is quite used to the leash. He has not known anything else, since he was a kitten. We now have many more birds at the feeders at any given time. The leash was Linda's idea and I wish we had done this a long time ago. Live and learn. Below are photos of some of our backyard birds.
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