Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cats celebrate spring in Oregon: The catio is open!

Popoki the cat sitting in her chair

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.

Popoki the cat watching birds

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.

Popoki the cat in her catio

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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  1. Popoki is getting her vitamin D in the sunshine :-)

  2. Your kitties are lucky to have a catio. We had window whiffies today because it was over 60 degrees :)

  3. Spring seems to have arrived just today (after a week of rain on top of melting snow). Mudpie is enjoying the open doors and windows, although once it gets too warm I have a feeling she'll miss cuddling with Mommy! She sure wishes she had a catio, though.

  4. Hooray for spring! It makes us so happy to know that Popoki is able to use her beloved catio again. :)

  5. What a sweet face that is! So nice that she's enjoying her catio. We've had lots of rain and most of the snow has washed away and today our temperatures have finally reached double digits!

    Popoki, I wish you many nice warm days ahead. ❤️

  6. Being an out door cat I get to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring, firstpaw, as it were. But for those in side it's great to out and about, and even if you can't get them birds it is fun watching and trying.
    Purrs, ERin

  7. Hooray for catio weather, Popoki! We're having us some lovely weather lately as well. We opened some windows this weekend, and the kitties and pup here were enjoying lots of whiffies through the screens. Happy Spring!

  8. Glad you're enjoying the weather, Popoki!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  9. SPring such a nice time of year,xx Speedy

  10. Popoki, you are a sweetie! We have Steller's Jays here in Vancouver , Canada! But we don't see Blue Jays as often although they are in abundance on the east side of Canada :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

  11. That's very cute, Popoki. I like your picture looking up to the birdies and that you are enjoying the weather. I am a Sun kitty too and I am so happy that Spring has a lot of warm days in it. We had 22°C on Sunday and 6°C today, very changing though :D Pawkisses for a Sunny Day :) <3

  12. We've had some really nice weather the last few days. Though we don't have a catio...we sure wish we did...the windows have been open and that's almost just as good.

  13. Spring has arrived and I've noticed our cats taking more of an interest in the house plants... so I knew it was time to plant a pot of kitty grass.
    I wish we had a catio too!

  14. Popoki is so cute in these photos. Our catio has been open for a long time. We are having ridiculous hot temps in mid- to upper-80s. Twenty degrees above normal. Cooper loves it beyond belief. We don't have that variety of birds, but they still love it. Thanks for hopping with us! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy