It's 12:15am, I need to be sleeping, but I can't peel myself away from the window.
Oliver and two of his family members are enjoying the yard. It's the first warmer night we have had this winter. One of the ferals hunted a sizable rodent and is now feasting in the middle of the yard. The playful one, AKA Mama Kitty, is batting around the fake mousie I put out earlier today. Occasionally he takes a break from the mousie and zooms around the yard, just like the inside kitties do.
Oliver is parked in the yard, staring at me. He's wanting me to make the red dot appear so he can chase it around the yard, something he loves to do.
Mama Kitty has now taken the mousie into the Dining Hall and is batting it around inside. Just how does a feral cat know that fake mousies are for batting around?! This is the third fake mousie, I don't know what happened to the previous two. The yard is big, and Mama Kitty likes to stage creative deaths for his mousies.
I should be sleeping, I've got to get up early for work tomorrow, but watching Mama Kitty roll around in the yard is mesmerizing. So far tonight, I have only seen three cats in one place at a time. I keep looking for the fourth.
Oliver remains steadfast, watching me. The hunter kitty continues to devour it's fresh kill.
Mama Kitty chased the red dot for the first time this evening. He's lightening fast. I try to stop the red dot on a toy or leaf, so when they pounce on it they actually land on something solid.
I'm wondering if there will be a rodent carcass waiting for me in the yard come daylight, if so, it will be the first I've noticed. Hopefully, hunter kitty practices 'leave no trace hunting' and cleans up after himself.
Observing the ferals is giving me a sense of their personalities. I really like Mama Kitty, he's playful, silly and inquisitive. Hunter kitty seems serious and focused. Oliver is easy going and playful as usual. He always seems happy to share his toys, food and housing with his family.
Hunter kitty is chasing the red dot now, while Oliver looks on. The speed at which these cats run astounds me.
Having a feral family in my yard is like having a wild safari just outside my door. I'll take watching the ferals over television any day.
This could go on all night, except I need to sleep! Good night delightful outside kitties.