Gus loves the path leading away from the front door to the driveway the best of all.  Sometimes even when the back door is open, he goes to the front door to ask to be let out there.  The path is a little lower than the trees to the right and there’s even a small rise right ahead where he is looking to make him feel more protected from the street and other houses that way.  He can just see over it from his height.

The distance he travels down the path depends on the activity level of the street. The quieter it is the farther down he goes.

The bushes have been mangled the last few years by the gardeners – they used to make a big wall for him.  There was a path between bushes he could duck under and lie in the lawn to the left, under the pine and sycamore trees.  He still does that sometimes.

And the third thing he likes is to go explore the pool area greenery.  Here’s a picture from last year of him in there.  I’m not sure what that climbing plant is, though.

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11 Responses to Pathways

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    Nice pic of Gus! I would say the climbing plant is an ivy.


  2. Is Gus sampling the ivy? I think it’s fantastic that he’s trained you to let him out the front door! Cats are so smart.


    • Oldcat says:

      I don’t think he goes as far as eating it – more smelling it and rubbing his chin on that sprinkler head. I think in the picutre he was also grooming his front, hence the tongue. But that spot does make him very relaxed, if not catnip crazy.


  3. Looks like he’s talking to that wall! But he’s so adorable!


  4. Wazeau says:

    I love the way his copper eyes match the hue of the dead leaves.


  5. Cat's Cats says:

    Hello and thank you for commenting on my blog today. I’ve only had Kip for two months, he’s not usually nervous but yesterday was unusual circumstances for him. My boys are all indoor cats, he had just been to the vet then unceremoniously dumped on the ground, so I understand his instinct to run. Your idea about a pillow case for emergencies is brilliant, I’m going to keep one in the car! 🙂


    • Oldcat says:

      I can understand the bolting when the carrier went apart and dropped him – the second break-away when you were carrying him back was what worried me more. Really scared cats can hide from everyone, even their owners.

      The pillowcase would have helped if you had it, I’m sure. I got the idea from my mother, she used to use them back in the days before carriers when there weren’t kids to hold onto the cats.


  6. Lurkertype says:

    I think it’s some kind of ivy as well. All kinds of critters like to hide in shrubs and climbing plants — we used to get toads in one of ours, and our passion fruit vine used to contain litters of kittens every summer, running between the trellis and the fence. It would be so dense that you’d just see the foliage moving until a little head popped out at the end.

    My old cat had one bush out front that he just loved. He’d rub all over it and sniff it like Gus does. We still refer to it by his name, in his honor. He’s buried under his favorite back yard bush.

    Gus reminds me of him — if you made Gus’ black parts orange, they’d look almost the same. I love that rumpled dignity the old boys get.


  7. We think that is ivy that Gus is enjoying there!


    • Oldcat says:

      The stuff on the ground in the first two pictures is English Ivy. It is apparently not safe for cats to eat.

      The third picture with the plant on the wall is not English Ivy – It could be another species. The leaves are not three lobed like the English Ivy, but only have one point.


  8. littlemiao says:

    I love seeing them outdoors. Gus looks good with green.


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