The Neighbour’s cat.

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Neighbour’s cat

This is a picture of the cat that keeps the mice and rats on their qui vive at Harley’s property next door. Harley and his wife keep three chickens which he calls ‘his girls.’ I feed the chickens when they go away. In exchange, Harley, or his chickens really, allow us to keep the eggs.  We like a nice Pinot Grigio so a bottle from that grape variety gets thrown in with eggs. They are our best neighbours and gives a good break from the cyclamen thievery within our compound. It still riles us! Remember how for exchange in saving our Body-Corporate $10.000,- in obtaining a far more competitive quote for the exterior painting, we were hit by abuse and threats for us to move and sell-up, and the twice theft of our potted in beautiful ceramic containers, the oft mentioned and loved cyclamen!

But the cat is what I want to write about. Just forgive my regression on the cyclamen era. The neighbours next to us are not in the same group as the dusty frumpy relics of the past. She, a single mother, moved in a year ago or so. She has two teen-age sons, and two cats. One of the cats is the one in the above picture. It taught Milo, our Jack Russell a bitter lesson. When he saw the cat for the first time he went furious and tried to teach him a lesson amidst the summer daisies. The cat with one swipe did the job. Milo retreated with a yelp and one closed eye. He badly underestimated the stance of this mighty cat. The cat was not to be mangled with. From that moment Milo gave it due respect and no further issues arose. Milo often spends the nights outside and so do the cats. I suppose they met up again and made a truce, if not a good friendship as well. Our Milo was the best of friends with our cat on our farm before 2010.

It turned out that Milo almost lost an eyes with this single swipe from the cat. He still bears a mark on his bottom eye lid. It was that close. What astonished us is when the cat now takes naps on Milo’s outdoor sleeping blanket as shown in the picture. Milo knows and approves. All has been forgiven.

Isn’t that an example how nice it would be if people could behave like cats and dogs?

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18 Responses to “The Neighbour’s cat.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    I bet the cat wouldn’t let Milo sleep on its own mat.

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  2. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    It is! And it would be! 🙂

    Cats have cat-titude…yes, paws-itively they do! 🐱

    Poor Milo! 😦
    He has a big, sweet, forgiving heart to allow that cat to nap on his blanket! 🐶

    How nice of your nice neighbors to share eggs and wine! We have friends who share eggs once in awhile and we enjoy that so much! 🙂

    I remember when Cooper was a puppy…a girl carrying a cat came up and said, “Is your dog friendly?” I said, “Yes, he is…and very gentle and sweet.” It seemed she wanted her cat to meet my pup. Well, the cat immediately reached out to give Coop a scratch across his little face 😮 ! I pulled him back just in time and he wasn’t injured. I still wonder why she thought the cat would be nice to a dog?! Ha! Anyways, whenever I say the word “Kitty-cat” and make a meow sound, Cooper gets all riled up! 😛 HA! 😀

    HUGS to you and Helvi!!! 🙂
    PATS to Milo!!! 🐶

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  3. Yvonne Says:

    I do like my cat a lot, but don’t trust her with strange dogs. She adores the 2 dogs who lives across from us, but not the pretty little cat who lives next door.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Milo got on very well with the previous cat who was a roof cat. It lived on the roof of our house in Balmain. On the farm our cat would just go on adventure, and would sometimes pop up to say hello. Milo went on adventure too and killed rabbits by shaking them and break their necks. He then walked away calmly, never ate a rat or rabbit. Milo never attacked the chickens and that was nice.


  4. Dorothy Says:


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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, a nice cat and a good stalker when after mice or rats. He walks along the neighbour’s fence and watch the mice running around below him near Harley’s chickens. He then slowly gets ready to pounce. He jumps down catches the mouse, panther like. He jumps back over the fence and takes the still wriggling mouse to the owner.

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  5. rangewriter Says:

    I miss my cat. I’m trying to remain petless for about 10 years so I can travel without worry. But posts like this make it difficult to stick to that goal. My goal, when I finally break down and allow myself to be owned again, is to be owned by a kitten and a puppy that can grow up together and love each other like siblings…or better than siblings. That way I’ll have a cat for comfort and a dog to get me up off my dang chair!

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  6. algernon1 Says:

    Last weekend I had to build a cat enclosure for my sister; she’s in poor health and the cat can’t roam outside. It’s a bush block with many native birds, not to mention ticks. This makes the cat a little neurotic so the enclosure will allow her to be a cat.

    I saw this in The Guardian this week.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Brilliant idea, Algy. Yes, birds and nature don’t mix. Mind you, the corellas around here are at plague proportions. They shriek so loud that I have to take my hearing-aids out. Even late at night, they carry on. Hundreds of them.


  7. shoreacres Says:

    The statistics on the number of birds killed by cats are sobering. Because they hunt for the pure pleasure of it and not for hunger, there’s no keeping them from predation by keeping them well-fed. I’m not in favor of harming the cats, either, but the programs here to capture and neuter have had some good results, and more people are learning that their kitties can be quite happy as indoor pets. It’s better for the cats, too. There’s less risk of disease, accidents, or ending up on the bad end of the food chain.

    Of course, on the farm those hunting skills are valuable. One of the problems we face here is that as urban chicken coops increase and more people feed birds, there’s also an increase in the number of rats and mice. Then, the feral cats show up, and after that, so do the coyotes, who dine on the cats. And around and around we go!

    In the midst of all that, it’s nice to see that a dog and a cat can reach some accomodation — a domestic version of the lion and the lamb, if you will. I love that you reminded me of a poem that used to send me into fits of giggles when I was young. Remember “The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat”?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We now have Milo, and his antics keeps us more than amused. The woman next door have two adorable cats who are now our friends as well. They stalk the mice and rats. I am sure they are not shy of birds but when we were feeding the birds they used to queue up in droves too.

      The corellas are driving us nuts with their shrieking and cavorting. If I was a cat (which I am not) I would feel intimidated. I wonder if those giant Australian wedge-tail eagles scoop up feral cats? And I suppose the dingo too would not be shy attacking cats.

      Years ago, while camping on Frazer Island, a dingo got into our tent and stole a packet of muesli while we were on the beach trying to catch fish. After we finished fishing we buried the remaining bait in the sand for the next day fishing.
      Of course the next day a trail of dingo foot prints went into a straight line from the dunes to the buried bait. No hesitation or sniffing around!

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      • shoreacres Says:

        That’s funny, about the dingo thief. Some years ago, we’d tied up a sailboat out at a small dock on a barrier island. In the middle of the night, a raccoon boarded and took all of our Pepperidge Farm cookies. I wasn’t pleased!


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