Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Blue Plate Special

Roberta Dehman Hershon of Blue Plate Communications, Inc. (www.blueplate.com) in Dedham, MA, shared these gorgeous cats.


"All my cats are rescues. Ten year old Leo is a frustrated Picasso. He sculpts boxes (although not in the garden) to burn off excess energy. He’s resting in some nepeta after a hard day’s work. (I can’t find my favorite pic of him chiseling away!)"


"Every morning before breakfast Jack (13) and Leo head out together to survey the garden. They visit their favorite spots to make sure nothing disappeared overnight."


"Twelve year old Maxie is happy to garden with me and roll over when he wants some attention.Maxie had been returned to a shelter when he was six by his owners (who adopted him as a kitten). He spent 11 months there before I found him, and invited him to live with me. He is one grateful kitty."


"This is Maggie at age 7. She’s 17.5 now and still a pretty lady. She’s not in the garden because she has never been outdoors. Here she is lounging on her favorite floral porch chair."


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Piper nigrum


Garden writer Marianne Wilburn has shared her two other cats with us - Tiger Lily and Daisy.

Now it is sweet little Pepper's turn. She was recently profiled on Marianne's blog by her dog, Mungo.

Mungo said, "I’m a Jack Russell Terrier. I know it and they knew it way before there was any talk of bringing me into the family. That doesn’t mean good things for cats.

But as a bonus, it doesn’t mean good things for rats, voles, moles, groundhogs, skunks (That was, upon reflection, a mistake.), and various other varmints, critters, and freeloaders that roam the land in search of an easy food ticket.
They like cats – though They didn’t have any at the time. So, it was decided that I would not be allowed to spend my puppy-dom basking in the one-on-one attention that puppies deserve, and instead I would get the raw deal of sharing it with a kitten.
That kitten was Pepper.
The Girl picked her out of a litter of five other black balls of ‘pick-me-I’m-so-freaking-cute’ because she had blue eyes. They brought her home and we stayed on opposite sides of a bathroom door sniffing each other for a week. I had her number from the very first sniff. A people-pleaser and all around goody-two-shoes.
As soon as that sneaky cat felt safe she changed the color of her eyes – total bait and switch – and my cat purgatory began in earnest.
She’s one of the Three Untouchables now. I cannot tell you what it does to the self-esteem of a proud JRT covered in cat-smell (not cat-blood) when he meets other terriers on a walk.  Like I said – A Raw Deal.
As cats go, she’s pretty chill. She knows just what They want – soft fur (whatever), sleek coat (again, whatever), and the ability to sit in front of a ball without twitching (wha…nevermind).  She hangs out at parties and gets to sit in laps that will have her and I don’t see her getting pushed off the couch in the middle of the day.
That’s petism, if anyone cares."
Mungo and Pepper



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Awaiting the Great Pumpkin


Lisa Steele, author of Gardening with Chickens, in Dixmont, ME, USA, shared these photos of her tuxedo cat:
"We rescued Linus from the local shelter when he was a kitten and he's about 12 years old now. We originally got him as a 'barn cat,' but somehow he has managed to have full access to the house too! He loves being outside though, especially in the nice weather. He's partial to sunbathing, but is a good mouser, keeping rodents out of the chicken coop and barn. "

You can read more about Linus and Lisa's chickens at www.fresheggsdaily.com.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

How to Submit YOUR Garden Cat


Being enchanted by both cats and gardens, I decided to start this blog for fun to combine the beauty of both. I know that many of you share my interest in and I hope you will submit your own images of your garden cats.

Here is how to submit your image:
- Email to KathyJentz (at) gmail (dot) com
- Put "Cats in Gardens" in the subject line
- Attach your image
- In the body of the email include:
  ~ your name or you can choose to be "anonymous"
  ~ the cat's name
  ~ where the photo was taken (city, state, country)
  ~ if you have a blog or web site you would like to be linked back to
  ~ a note about the cat or your garden or both, we love to hear your stories

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Adopt a Garden Cat

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I recently stumbled across the Island Cat Resources andAdoption (ICRA) garden cat adoption page.  If you know someone in the Alameda, CA, area who has room to adopt some garden cats. Please share the following information:


Do you have a protected garden or yard area that would be a safe home for a cat or cats in need?
ICRA has rescued a number of cats that, despite our volunteers’ concerted efforts, are not comfortable enough with people to become house cats. Although these cats are called ferals, they are not wild or aggressive, just extremely shy. They need safe outdoor spaces in which to live out their natural lives. Some of these cats, in time, will allow petting from a trusted caregiver; others will keep a safe distance but enjoy playing or sleeping in the garden while you are nearby. Most are curious about people, and will interact with you (to a greater or lesser degree) at feeding time.
We’d love to relocate one or more of these cats to your garden where they can live in safety under your caring and watchful eye. Your main job would be to provide daily food and water, and some shelter from the winter weather. We will guide you through the process of acclimating the cat/s to their new home, and support you if you encounter problems.
What Garden Cats are looking for:
  • A safe yard, free of pesticides and free of other pets that may not want them in their area.
  • Shelter from the rain with warm bedding – a cat or dog house, a porch or even a child’s play house
  • A regular feeder. It is best to feed daily and not leave too much food out that will attract unwanted critters (wildlife) – which means if you are heading out of town for a few days, best to have a petsitter or a neighbor take over the feeding.
  • Places to hide – under decks, behind established bushes or logs
  • A bowl of fresh water – best to change out the water every couple of days to keep the mosquitoes away
  • A home that will love them like pets and treat them like pets and take the cats with them when/if they move or find another safe yard to move them to. (We have great advice on how to do either.)
Garden cat caretakers attest to the wonder and enjoyment of having these beautiful animals in their lives:
“Bruce and Tortie Girl are often curled up like Ying and Yang on their feral cat heating pad on my back porch when I open the door to feed them each morning. They jump up from their slumber and greet me; Tortie Girl rubbing gently against my leg and Bruce keeping an arm’s length but meowing the whole time as though to say, ”Hello, but please hurry up with breakfast!” –Merry, Oakland
“Mama is doing so well, she looks so healthy and lolls around on the deck acting like Leona Helmsley at the Palace Hotel.” –Cindy, Alameda
You can make a huge difference in the lives of these cats, with only a small amount of effort. We know you will find it rewarding.
Please contact us for more information on becoming a garden cat guardian. Email us at gardencat@icraeastbay.org or leave us a voicemail at 510-869-2584.
If you can’t host a garden cat but know someone who can, please share this information.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Moss Cat


This moss cat was hard to spot in the 900+ exhibits displays at MANTS -- the big tradeshow for horticultural professionals held every January at the Baltimore Convention Center. HIdden on the bottom shelf of a booth full of French-inspired garden decor, I had to pass it 5 times before it finally caught my eye. The moss cat is life-sized at wholesales for $36 (so roughly double that for the retail price). Sure "Mossy" is not the cutest cat likeness I've ever seen, but imagine him covered in ivy or sedum. I think he'd make a great addition to any garden. What do you think?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Little Wizard






Eli in Southern Ohio shared these photos from her web site - http://elismeadows.themaplebookshelf.com/ - of Merlin.

She said, "My small wildlife garden attracts a lot of cats that aren't mine, it has bird feeders, a fish pond, catnip, and a heated box for strays in winter."

"Merlin is the sweet son of a stray 'garden cat' that we adopted, Curly Fry (pictured at right). She was very sick when I found her curled up in a box on the porch, she was skinny and suffered a respiratory infection that abscessed her throat causing her to lose part of her voice, and she had just miscarried. We didn't want to get her spayed until she was stronger, she didn't appear to go into heat, so the kittens were unexpected, but made her very happy and all were healthy. I named all of her kittens after plants, excluding Merlin... my cousin
instantly wanted him and has him now."  

"The pic below is of Merlin's sibling, Juniper.  She is very affectionate and energetic. All of Curly's litter are doing fine."