I live next to a nature preserve that is home to all sorts of critters. Occasionally they visit me. There are wild turkey, deer, coyotes, groundhogs, raccoons and foxes. Some prefer to live in my yard like chipmunks, squirrels, frogs and birds.
Some of them get along swell. Some of them eat each other.
I have one cat that goes outside. He’s old and can’t see very well. He likes to mark his yard with urine and he needs to do it daily as other critters pee right on top of it. That really annoys him. It’s his job to keep the yard safe and it’s a lot of work.
Last week he was out there doing his thing when he spotted a rather small fox. It was a young juvenile. Being the friendly cat (not!) that he is, he took off after it.
Unfortunately mama fox was right behind him and papa fox behind her. He may have been bigger than the juvenile but he wasn’t bigger than the other two. Nor was he as agile or quick. He looked tasty to those foxes. As an old cat he may be tough but perhaps they have a slow cooker back in the den for a nice cat stew.
Foxes make a funny noise. You think they would sound like a dog with a bark. They don’t. They make a terrifying noise (to me at least) that signals Jake is in trouble.
I was just getting up but the beloved husband was downstairs pouring his first cup of coffee. He’s not the biggest nature person but he did what he thought would stop the pursuit of our dumbass cat Jake.
He went outside, clapped his hands and hollered. I was at the upstairs window and I saw the fox parents swing around to see who was making this weird noise.
In the meantime, the dumbass cat sauntered toward the screened porch where the beloved husband let him in. He was exhausted what with all the peeing and chasing so he crawled on a comfy chair and took a nap until breakfast. (That’s Jake, not the beloved husband).
And so ends another near catastrophe for the dumbass cat Jake!