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Cats and Forest Friends 
Jun. 13, 2012 3:17 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2012 2:42 pm
This is a story of the visitor who came by for a snack today, but also for the cat lovers out there....I know it has nothing to do with recipes or cooking, but I thought I'd share for the fun of it.

I live on the edge of the forest. Beautiful, tranquil, serene. I can sit in my yard and stare into the forest for hours, or I can walk out my backdoor and go hiking for miles. There's just something so humbling about those trees.

The cats like it here too. My husband and I have two indoor cats, Miyu and Matteo. Sometimes the kitties go outside on a harness and leash for fun. Matteo likes to sit and watch the birds, but is scared by the forest. Miyu loves to roll around in the dirt, chase every bug and butterfly that flitters by, and walk through the forest with you like a dog. They both love to sit at the front door and watch the birds and squirrels come to the feeder and bath. Living on the edge of the forest, we get lots of visitors.

Matteo couldn't be bothered by most of them, by Miyu will make funny sounds and chase around any moth or fly that gets in the house. She likes swatting at and catching spiders too, as well as batting at the occassional scorpion, cricket or little frog that makes its way in the house. I really don't know how some of these critters get in but that's what you get when you live in the woods.


This lizard stuck around just long enough for Miyu to sniff him and then he took off, wiggling his tail like a snake. I'm surprised he even let her get as close as she did! She stood at the edge of the stoop where he disappeared between some rocks and was rather determined to wait until he might again emerge to bask in the sun.

Sometimes the cat from down the street comes to visit. Matteo doesn't like the other cat around 'his territory' and I think Miyu is just confused that he looks a bit like Matteo, or maybe that he gets to be outside without a harness.

Today I heard Miyu growling through the front door and noticed that Matteo was also staring out the front window, so I took a look-see for myself to find a buck standing in the front yard. I noticed the deer look in Miyu's direction as she growled and then she took off like a bat out of hell, going to hide under the bed. Matteo just sat with his ears pulled back and his eyes all wide, watching as the deer drank from the birdbath, draining it dry, then moving on. Matteo and I watched until the buck circled through the side of the yard then disappeared into the overgrowth across the road.
Now I'm an amateur gardener here, I've got a little vegetable and herb garden growing but haven't yet been able to afford to landscape the yard with many flowers and whatnot, but I learned the first year I lived here that deer eat tulips! I also know enough to keep my vegetable garden fenced in. What I did not know, however... that deer also eat like to eat hostas!

So that's my little forest friends story, hope you enjoyed it.
Jun. 13, 2012 3:30 pm
sweet story and you have some great looking flea-bags.we have f siamese that are constantly underfoot and always ready for some whip cream. my wife would have a serious rifle aiming for some deer if they got in her plants. give those flea bags a little whip cream from me in south ga.
Jun. 13, 2012 3:55 pm
lol, flea bags! Luckily we don't have fleas but they shed like you would not believe! the calico is always under foot but 'Tubbs' stays out of the way-good thing, he could really trip someone! They'll both love you for that taste of cream! thanks for reading!
Jun. 13, 2012 4:48 pm
I am guessing that's Boggs Mountain state forest.
Jun. 13, 2012 5:31 pm
Correct, how did you know that KingSparta?
Jun. 13, 2012 5:38 pm
I love your KitKats. I grew up with cats, but now am allergic to them. I really miss having a cat. You must sell all kinds of wildlife where you live. We have deer and antelope that live near my neck of the woods. I am always afraid one of those critters is going to jump in front of my car.
Jun. 13, 2012 5:46 pm
>> "how did you know that KingSparta?" I am Lamont Cranston, "The Shadow".
Jun. 13, 2012 6:40 pm
Knock on wood, Lela! Unfortunately, we've had a deer jump out infront of the SUV before AND while we were on my husband's motorcycle once (and didn't go down, woot!) Lots of great wild life, but don't like seeing all the roadkill :(
Jun. 13, 2012 6:41 pm
OK KingSparta, you're beyond me!
Jun. 13, 2012 7:17 pm
Like your story a lot. Where I live, foxes periodically walk behind our house in the woods. We are very afraid to go out to the backyard now!
Jun. 14, 2012 8:21 am
Sweet blog, Lissa! Oh, how we love our fur-babies! My Tallulah Belle also doesn't have much interest in little critters other than a basic sniff, but she does love to sit at the window & watch!
Jun. 14, 2012 10:30 am
Ah, I do love my furbabies. My 3 legged Pip took the first chase and open door this roundup weekend and LEFT. He does love to make me worry or look like an idiot running after him. I tried a harness on him. So did not work. Love the photos of your wilderness up close. And deer will eat EVERYTHING! What they don't, the coons will. Nice blog!
Jun. 14, 2012 10:31 am
That should be chance. I was thinking chasing since I waying to catch him so the guests could meet him.
Jun. 14, 2012 11:55 am
What a great area to live! Your kitties look so cute sitting side by side looking out on their world. I actually heard one of mine growl like a dog recently when a pigeon made itself comfy on our terrace. I guess the pigeon is smarter than the cat because it just looked through the glass at the cat carrying on. I can't imagine what reaction a deer would provoke. Thanks for the lovely photos.
Jun. 14, 2012 12:25 pm
Hi giapuppy...I hear we also have rattlesnakes, bears, and a couple other frightening things up here on the mountain-luckily I've never seen them. However, a few weeks back we pulled the covers off the horseshoe pits (have to keep the cats out of the sand) and there was the scariest spider I have ever seen in my life! It was huge and looked like a tarantula. ACK!
Jun. 14, 2012 12:26 pm
Thanks Staci! Cats sure can have interesting and very different personalities, huh. Some like to play while others can't be bothered!
Jun. 14, 2012 12:29 pm
Hello Cat Hill. My Matteo has no problem jumping on a visitors lap, but Miyu usually hides for a while. It's funny because she is the growler of the two! She is more likely to dart out the door also. After 9 years together, Matteo knows better...that and he's a scaredy-cat!
Jun. 14, 2012 12:33 pm
Thanks for visiting, BigShotsMom. Asides from smarter, I bet that pigeon was getting a good laugh out of it too! Miyu acts like a dog sometimes-she plays fetch with these felt jungle balls and meows if you take too long to pick the ball back up and throw it! Gotta love pets!
Jun. 14, 2012 8:33 pm
Love your blog Lissa! I also have 2 felines, one is a cuddler and the other (the big one, naturally) is a scaredy-cat. My cats don't like other cats visiting either. Good shot of the pic with the buck in the background.
Jun. 15, 2012 7:56 am
Nice blog. Those dear will eat anything, won't they? Great picture - I can just imagine that kitty taking on that big boy!
Jul. 3, 2012 9:38 am
My daughter and I are owned by a tiger striped Manx... lol. He was rescued after a hurricane left his mom and brother dead. He is very very vocal and we both love him dearly. His name is Waldo because when he first came to our home, we were were always looking for him... Hence " Where's Waldo" Aren't our furry friends a big part of our family?
Aug. 4, 2012 11:22 am
Hi Lissa, I enjoyed your blog. Thought I would pass along a recipe for animal repellent. 3 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1/4 cup hot sauce, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper and one egg. combine all ingredients in a blender that is half full of water and blend until mixed. put mixture in a 1 gallon sprayer and fill to the 1 gallon mark. Spray any plants and shrubs that you don't want bothered. I spray both the top and underside of the leaf so that any rain doesn't wash off the mixture. I have had very good luck using this mixture with the deer and ground hogs and no one gets hurt! Good Luck
Aug. 5, 2012 2:40 pm
Hi GreatGrannyGrace...the kitty owns you, eh? Yes, I agree, they sure are members of the family! I say we are the cats' people instead of their 'masters.' So sorry to hear about Waldo's mom and bro, but glad he found his way into a loving home.
Aug. 5, 2012 2:42 pm
Hello danhart71, thanks for the tip! Deer don't enjoy the spice, huh? Good to know!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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