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Monty, Cold Weather and Christmas — 15 Comments

  1. I think you’ve done a good job to safeguard the tree and Monty.
    I don’t think Monty will mess much with the tree. You must know that because you know him. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have one at all. I wouldn’t be able to have one unless I enclosed it in glass. I know the ONLY one that would mess with it would be Damon the hoarder. I can see his eyes twinkling now if he saw your tree. It would be beautiful today but bare tomorrow.

    • I think that’s why we waited four years to have a tree. We felt like we knew Monty would be ok wih it. He’s also not a rambunctious kitten anymore. Having the tree up on the table helps too. The tree stand is screwed into boards and the boards are clamped to the table. It’s pretty secure if he should decide to have a go at climbing– but I don’t think he will.

  2. I loved reading this and seeing the photos Ruth, now when you write about Monty’s daily doings on facebook I can picture in my mind just where he is.
    Ferals can survive very cold temperatures as long as they have somewhere dry to shelter and food to eat, but Monty has the best of both worlds, he can come into his warm home when he wants to.
    Jozef is only half feral but he can stand the cold a lot more than Walter can.

  3. I have to remark that I am very impressed with the care and attention that you apply to making sure Monty is safe and content. I am a bit surprised that he dislikes the cold that much. Cats are generally pretty good with the cold at least for a short period.

    It makes me think of the feral cats with nowhere to go for warmth. I would expect many die in the cold and I wonder if you have less feral cats than in the warmer states in the south.

    Thanks for writing this article Ruth.

    • It was my pleasure, Michael!

      I think Monty just has trouble with the very bitter cold temperatures– when it gets so cold that it hurts. Yesterday when it was over twenty degrees he sat for a good ten minutes on that cement block on the back porch. His paws were out of the snow and he was quite happy there. He’s used to our house, which is kept between 58 – 63 degrees Fahrenheit. So it makes sense that he can handle twenty degrees, but not the bitter cold. He has no tolerance built up for it. And even when you are more used to it, certain temperatures are just so cold that it hurts! He wants to be outside so badly, but when it’s that cold I know he’s going to last about thirty seconds out there and spend the rest of the day tearing around the house and meowing in frustration.

      • Wow Ruth – thanks for the great update. It sounds so cold there. It must be beautiful actually but I understand the restrictions. In Canada Gigi used get annoyed with the cold. When it got really cold she wouldn’t exit through her tunnel – she’d just meow for me to hold the door open while she went 3 steps out to take a leak and hop back in again. It was very cold at times and I think she used to meow in frustration about it occasionally. She would spend those extreme cold spells sleeping in warm places for hours on end.

        I am jealous that you and Monty can enjoy the wonderful outdoors together.

        It’s a great photo of Monty outside on your porch 🙂

    • I was going to reply that Monty is a very good boy who would never destroy the tree, but then I caught him sitting there on the floor staring at it. A paw came up and batted a wooden Santa Claus ornament. Then he tried to bite it. I could hear his teeth clinking against the ornament. I think if you bite Santa you get coal in your stocking.

      • Words are not necessary. Recognize this little guy his first Christmas? All I did was lay a tree branch and some ornaments out to make his picture with. That’s his priceless guilty look.

    • Whenever I look at him I see Charlie. Visually they are similar. When they open their mouths they are quite different I gather from comments. I have not actually heard Monty’s voice. Charlie has a Siamese style voice.

      • I need to start recording Monty’s various meows– the “this is the way to my food bowl” meow, the frustrated meow, the “I’m so cold it hurts” meow and the “I’m just talking to myself” meow. He also chatters when prey is out of reach and growls when he wants company to leave.

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