If you ever come out to Chalk Hill House, it won’t be long before you feel the nudge of a ginger cat against your legs. Our barn cats work for their living, keeping rodents, snakes, and birds far away. They have the run of our acreage, and make daily rounds to the neighbors’ outbuildings as well. But they also manage to add “Welcome Committee” to their job descriptions. And I suspect they are campaigning to change their titles completely to Pampered and Petted Indoor Felines. They take every opportunity to sneak into the house (a cat-free zone thanks to some allergy sufferers), and have recently decided to claim my window boxes as their favorite sunning lounge.
We’ve tried sprays and powders to deter them, loud noises, insults, and even aptly aimed jets of water. But the cats persist, and the pansies suffer.
I’m making life uncomfortable for them by adding a few treasures. These glass balls were a gift from my Mother-in-Law. Advertised to water plants automatically, they are hopelessly inept in our blistering summers. But they are pretty, and better yet, uncomfortable as a lounger.I have quite a collection of these mostly blue and white baubles, and I’ve supplemented them with some upended bottles and vases in different shapes and colors.
It’s been 5 days since I “planted” my extras in the window boxes. And I’m happy to report that the cats, while still lounging on the windowsill, no longer crush the flowers. And they are still happy to lovingly rub up against my leg, despite my attempts at eviction.
So what about you…do you have any remedies for fat feline flower flatteners?