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  1. Wonderful Ruth! My Matthew was a stray for the first 5-6 years of his life, and now, wants nothing to do with the outdoors! haha You have a lovely set up and your babies have the best of both worlds! >^.,.^<

  2. Hello both!

    Your garden amd home sounds just like kitty heaven! Your boys are so loved because you totally understand cats! I imagine peace, quiet, happiness and harmony in your garden it all looks so tranquil.

    They are very lucky to have mammies who love them and to also administer so much common sense when it comes to whats good for them and to keep them safe without taking away what makes them happy; you have really thought of everything!

  3. Wow Ruth – what can I say – I am so jealous. I really have to move somewhere in a cul de sac or safer place with regard to the roads. Your place looks just perfect and I love the jungle gym and the little rain houses.

    I grow kitty grass for my cats, and, believe it or not I bring in plant matter the gardeners pile up when the mow and weed the garden. They love to sniff and chew on it. It’s a million miles away from ideal and I wish I lived in a place like you do so I could let them out. It’s going to be so hard this summer not letting them out and also the anniversary of Red dying. It’s the one single thing in my life that is totally not right and not sorted. I have no doubt it’s a great pleasure for you to spend time with them outside. Cats are alive in their element when they are outside.

    • I am thinking of buying an apartment not far from where I am now (Putney area of London) that has a private walled garden of about 25 – 30 feet square. I could make it a cat haven. Ruth and Babz’s home, though, is the classic English deluxe arrangement for cats and humans living together.

      • That sounds quite positive for being in London. You will be so glad you have the outdoor space. You can grow a bit of grass there and make it so a cat cant escape. Make sure to grow lots of stuff and let it get overgrown so a cat can have fun burrowing through little tunnels in the undergrowth. They just love that. Cats don’t like big empty spaces I think. They want clutter. It makes their world so much bigger even though it’s smaller. There are so many more little worlds within that they can spend time in. Putney – thats not bad. It sounds like you really are looking out for a place then. Well if its going to be london then outside space is imperative really – and preferrably not a main loud busy road. A nice peaceful street where you can sit outside in summer perhaps and have dinner. London can be charming with it’s orange sky on a hot summers night.

        • Thanks Marc. I am thinking about it. I am not completely sure. I know London well etc. I agree the outside space should be lush with grasses and vegetation. That is my intention. The place I have seen is fairly quiet. And the garden is enclosed by a high brick wall – ideal cat territory. Quite small for a cat but outside space and safe.

  4. I’m sure Jeff could make something similar for Monty. I bet he loves the trees and cement blocks though, cats just love being up heights don’t they.
    In the bad weather we bring the little wooden huts on to the patio by the window so they are fairly sheltered, we have them side by side there today as we’ve had snow overnight. Walt and Jo just love going out in all weathers.
    I was out there in my nightie clearing the snow off the catnasium early lol but can’t reach the roof without a ladder.
    Our grass never actually goes away, it just stops growing for a while and we had some mild sunny days here last week which revived it. The snowdrops are blooming too.

  5. I love your catnasium! Jeff could build something like that for Monty. Monty has quite a few trees to climb and there are some cement blocks piled by the house that likes to climb on– I call that his cat gymnasium– but they aren’t as good as the wooden catnasium made just for cats! I can’t believe you have grass growing already. We are buried in snow again here and poor Monty just hates it on his paws, so his outside time today was limited to the area I shoveled for him back there. Yesterday, before the snow, it was just glare ice all over our back yard (garden)– I actually had my skates on with Monty watching from the window while I skated in the back yard. While he was out he stepped on a place where there was an air bubble in the ice, so that the thin crust of ice broke. I heard ice breaking and looked to see Monty about three feet in the air. It startled him so that he jumped straight up. Walter and Jozef are very lucky to have an ice and snow free playground. Monty is jealous. I like the little houses for when it rains. Another project for my husband. Although Monty doesn’t seem to mind the rain– he just plays out in it and shakes himself once in awhile but otherwise doesn’t seem to notice. I’ll bet he’d like a little cat house on the back porch where he can enjoy the outside but stay warm and dry. That might even be nice in snowy weather, but I wonder how we could make it so that the snow wouldn’t just all blow in there, but so that he could still see out of it and feel like he’s outside without getting soaked or freezing his little tail off.

  6. It sounds so good for your cats Ruth mine isn’t too bad either the two older ones just go out the back garden there is my granddaughters old slide which has a hole each side where they can go in out of the rain and the 2 younger ones are semi wild and make their way over the back fence then round to the front and sit on the doormat in the porch and its a side road so quite safe so quite good for us all by chance though LOL

  7. What a great article telling it just as it is in our dear England,I love the pictures too Ruth.I’d hate to live in a country where cats aren’t allowed to be cats and do what cats like to do,keeping mine always indoors would be far too horrendous for them and for me,but like you I’m glad to live in a good place for cats.
    I love the catnasium,what a great invention,John must have been a cat loving man,it’s sad he died.
    I too hope this helps Americans understand our difference,it drives me insane when anyone says cats aren’t meant to be outdoors,for God’s sake they are still wild at heart and it’s not right to deny giving them what we can to make their lives happier.
    I couldn’t bear to see the sad little faces of mine seeing me and the kids going out or taking the dogs out,equality for all in our house.
    Micheal’s comment made me giggle,old fashioned indeed roflol

  8. lol thanks Michael, old fashioned is good, yes it is and that’s me too just an old fashioned girl lol
    I hope this article will help the American visitors to PoC understand how different it is in our country to theirs.

    • I think it is an excellent idea to write an article about how cats live in England. I think a lot of people will find it interesting. Also your lifestyle and the life of your cats is what I would describe as quintessentially English (for cat lovers).

  9. It is just the way a cat home should be, English style. It is a bit old fashioned and when I say that I mean damn good. I think your article is a very nice snapshot of the English way of life for two cats whose companions love them. A lot of Americans should find this interesting. I do.

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