Last night after I went to bed, I heard a scream from Callie that made me jump out of my skin. She has attacked the glass door and back window before, but this time I was able to turn the outside lights on just in time to see the culprit. I have always thought that it might be a desert fox or coyote because it would leave a calling card on the patio screen door; the telltale mark of scented urine dribbling down the side of the screen door, that would make Callie’s lip curl and her eyes glaze over. I was never able to get a view of what it was though because it would be long gone and running for its life after Callie would hit the glass, screaming her lungs out.
She yells so loudly, and with so much rage, that it didn’t surprise me when I saw a gorgeous black and white tom cat, staring serenely at me on the other side of the door. He didn’t know that Callie can’t stand other cats! This tom seemed calm and dignified and only wanted to get a closer look at her. Callie, on the other hand, was so put out and outraged, that I couldn’t even touch her without her jumping back and screaming, spitting and hissing loudly! This handsome boy didn’t believe her though and was obviously hoping that she would come to her senses once she laid eyes on beautiful, handsome him. What he didn’t know though, was that Callie will never, ever have anything to do with another cat!
It pains me to see a cat running loose outside in the desert. The predators are everywhere- from great horned owls to coyotes, rattlesnakes, and hawks. Cats do not live long out here if allowed to roam free, and especially if they roam around at night. Cats may get away with it for awhile, but their chances of survival are slim, and sooner or later they will wind up missing. He looked well fed and happy and was at least twice the size of Callie, and really tall and elegant. I wasn’t able to get a photo of him in the dark, but believe me, he was a good looking boy. He must be a newcomer to the neighborhood because I have never seen him before, and most people know better than to let their cat’s out at night.
So Callie for some reason or other, has never, ever liked her own kind, and acts so put out if a cat so much as looks at her. This tom will not get any closer to her, and sadly, he is looking for love in all the wrong places. Be safe beautiful black and white kitty, and try to stay indoors at night. Otherwise, you will become a meal to a coyote.