Some Cats And Rats And Popcorn~

I opened the vertical blinds and sat down at my computer and started typing. Tomoe my husband’s cat, silky black with yellow green eyes, saunter into the room. She called out with a cheerful chirping hello, and rubbed against my legs.  With one fluid leap, she was up on the desk and staring out the east window into the dog kennel.

She was sitting there only for a few minutes when she started making odd noises, a cross between a sneeze and a cough. I never heard her make that noise before.  She was staring intently out the window.

 I leaned over her to look outside; a rat was climbing the chain link fence attached to the dog kennel. Right next to the window!  It was weaving in and out of the holes.  He stopped and looked straight at me and continued its upward climb.  Then he crawled along the top of the cage.  Again, he stopped and leaned forward hanging upside down like an acrobat on a trapeze. Here’s the kicker!  He was looking in the window at me, looking at him….

Tomoe was shaking with excitement. I grabbed her, “Come on sweetie, let’s head up stairs and get mommy some coffee” She leaned backwards, and looked towards the window as I quickly carried her out the room.

Once in the kitchen, I pulled out my coffee cup and set it on the counter.  Tomoe had gone over to the sliding glass doors, and stuck her head between the vertical blinds, trying to look outside.

“Hang on, I’ll open them for you.” She made her little squeaking excited sounds and glided around my legs as I pulled the cord and opened the blinds.

Tomoe started pawing at the glass. I looked outside on the porch and saw that rat was climbing up the deck.  He ran over to the sliding door, looked right at me and stood on his hind legs….

I was not amused! Tomoe was ecstatic! Her happy sounds brought, PJ and her brother Kenshin running into the kitchen.  They all sat at the window, tails flipping with excitement, staring at the rat.  Who in turn, was stared at them.  I smiled, all they needed was popcorn!

A couple of years ago, somewhere around Christmas, I had made a big bowl of popcorn I didn’t finish. So in the spirit of giving, I took that popcorn out back with me, when I went for a walk. I sprinkled it under a large tree at the east end of the path. I assumed that with it being under the tree, an animal, or bird could safely eat it. A good deed for the holiday, feed the starving birds….

Come on! No laughing from the peanut gallery!

Well, I thought it was a great plan! The next day I walked out back expecting to find the popcorn gone.

Around the base of that tree it looked like a war zone!

Yes, animals and birds came to eat the popcorn. What I forgot, is this wasn’t a watering hole in Africa. Drink your fill and move on. Those rules don’t apply here.

Whoever showed up must have thought I set out a Smörgåsbord. There were feathers, parts of wings, odd bones, and fur, and drops of blood everywhere.

The popcorn was gone…

So, standing here today,  with that little rat staring at me through the door had me thinking.  I should pull out the popcorn maker and set up a pile of popcorn in the middle of the yard.

What do you think I should do?

15 thoughts on “Some Cats And Rats And Popcorn~”

  1. I have an image in my head of them all staring at each other from opposite sides of the glass, that’s priceless. Oh I am a big softy and feed any animals that come to my garden.

    With two fiersome hunters in the house, Tom and Jerry my dalmation coated feline boys, I have to be a little careful, but I manage to keep everyone fed and watered ha ha

  2. You were not amused but I find this hilarious (the rat thing not the bits of feathers and blood). My mom would say you opened a Saint-Hubert restaurant. Saint-Hubert serves chicken. That’s what she said after seeing how the cats would hang around the back porch where she had bird feeders.

    1. pandabox33,

      Your mother has a great sense of humor! I had a cat that could catch a bird out of the air. It helped when the bird kept diving at the cats head. He took it for so long then had lunch..


  3. Given some of your other posts, I am beginning to wonder if you have a rat problem. You seem to have very brazen little fellows. I only have experience with mice and they are definitely on the skittish side.

    I am just as surprised at the turnout of teh popcorn feast. I wonder what was waiting for them birds – a fox?

    1. richard,
      I never saw the animal, but thinking about it, it probably was a fox.

      I think my rat problem may be done with, see the post on december 19th.


  4. omg they are getting cheekier by the minute before long they will be comin into the house for a coffee lol, this is fascinating, its as if they dont fear anything? its as if they have a sense that Gerardine is too kind to get out the rifle or poison hence the cheek of them, it is funny but not funny having vermin, great story except for the blood and gore u should have made this an 18 lol, we spelling error at the bottom u put her instead of here, now I am not pointing this out just to catch u out but as a fellow writer we appreciate being made aware…

    ps I have wrote a poem for Uriah but would like a picture of him to put at the top, can u send me one please?
    I will not post the poem until I get the pic… I have no idea if u know my email address as it asks for it here, if u dont please let me know on twitter..


    1. William,
      Just sent the picture, I hope this works for you. Rifle, or be be gun I may shoot myself accidentally…
      Thank you for the editing, I am very happy when they are pointed out.

  5. your popcorn story is thoughtful and humorous, not enough to fee them all, a forest of wild and hungry birds, animals…so you are going to pop a dozen bags this year?

    I read support news on wordpress, they will be closed beginning December 24, 2pm to January 2, 2010. I am new to wordpress, never use twitter, facebook, or else, will try to read books, travel, will miss ya a lot!

    thank you for the wonderful things done for me.
    You deserve the best!

    1. Jingle,
      Thank you for you wonderful words. I had no idea they were closing wordpress for ten days. I have a lot of reading and writing to catch up on. I miss you also. I will make sure I am caught up on my comments.
      Have a great vacation!

  6. Tomoe is adorable!! She looks just like our last kitty, Sweety. He ran away about a year ago and we miss him so much. Kitties are adorable. I miss my baby. I have a pic of him somewhere. I have an old Christmas pic of him I’ll have to put on my blog. It’s a great pic.

    We’re getting heavy snow here in Richmond, Va!! It’s quite rare, especially this time of year.

    1. Julie,
      I realized a couple of weeks ago I have very few pictures of the cats. So I finally got some film for the old camera. It may sit on the shelf for a while, until I can get it developed.

      I am so sorry your kitty is gone!
      Be careful in the snow

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