Cats Beautify Landscape and Keep It Vermin-Free

This tiny mother cat appeared out of nowhere, coming to sit on our verandah. She is, like all feral cats, afraid of people and has a very strong survival instinct. We didn’t know she was fully-grown and had kittens until the caretaker asked if we had seen them. Eventually, “Fifi” brought her kittens to eat and drink here, after training them to survive on mice and lizards. The food is set upon a chair to protect it and the water dispenser from ants, which are still in season. Fifi looks almost exactly like a cat that I had to leave behind long ago. And our indoor cat chose us in the same way, coming to visit now and then and apparently not having an owner. She is black and looks exactly like the other one of the two beloved cats I had to leave behind long ago. So now we “have” a couple cats that matches my old pair. Those two cats, who are dead now despite having been left in good hands,  seem to have been reincarnated!
©M-J de Mesterton
One of Mademoiselle Fifi’s Offspring, Having Just Eaten a Bit of the Crunchy Cat Food
The Stray Who Loved Me
An Outdoor Cat Can Make Your Home Healthier on the Inside by Killing Mice
Thumbelina, My Princeton Cat

Featuring a photo of our house-cat, here is a piece I wrote in 2011 called Cats, the Elegant House-Pets:

Cats are cheap to keep, and will rid your home of dangerous, unhealthy vermin.
They are also calm and beautiful to look at, while being good companions.
Domestic felines are good company for humans, but once they are living inside one’s home,
 mice will avoid your place like the plague that vermin are famous for spreading.
Cats are elegant and clean–the perfect house-pets!
©M-J de Mesterton 2011 

Elegant Survival Pet Plan, Perfect for the Times

“Curious Cat” by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2009

Dogs are often kept for warding off criminals, but a canine pet might eat you out of house and home. They are high-maintenance. A cat is independent, quiet, and capable of living on a twenty-pound bag of Cat Chow for four-to-six months. I wrote about cats on Elegant Survival last year.

My “pet” survival plan…

Cat Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2002
“Calm Cat” Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2002

…is this: a realistic-sounding electronic barking dog from the following Home Protection source, and an economically-sound cat to repel vermin from the abode, where one has surely stocked-up on comestibles for the bleak future.

Cat Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008
“Cool Cat” Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008