Popoki is generally a very happy cat. Despite her sometimes grumpy appearance, she seems to welcome most days with an open heart and a willingness to find joy. But I have a hunch that she has more things to like in the spring than she does in the winter.
For example: In the winter, she is confined to the indoors. We can't go for leash walks when the ground is wet, as she finds that prospect unpleasant. And I have to close the door to the catio, so I don't get frozen out of my workspace. In addition, her bird watching duties are truncated, as our winter populations consist of simple finches. Not a lot of variety there.
So I imagine she was thrilled with what happened this week. Our temperatures climbed up into the high 60s, so the catio was open for business. She ran out when the door was open, and she immediately took up a prime position beneath her favorite bird feeder.
Lest you be alarmed, Popoki can't actually reach this feeder. It's on the outside of the catio, and the catio screens are firmly affixed to the building, so there's no possibility of a breakout. Even if she really wanted to touch those birds, she couldn't do so.
But she has a lot to look at, as the spring migration has begun. I have tons of bright-yellow goldfinches swarming the feeders these days, and we've attracted a few Steller's jays and blue jays to the yard too. Next door, a pair of starlings are setting up a nest. And high up in the cedars in the back yard, a pair of northern flickers has set up another nest. The yard is teeming with calls and splashes of color. Popoki can't wait to get into the catio to check it out.
She's also really enjoying the sunshine. A few times this week, I've seen her sprawled out on her back in her catio, letting that sunshine hit her in the belly. She looks so relaxed and comfortable. And that's wonderful to see.
Has spring arrived where you are? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know.
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