Our garden home attracts plenty of local fauna - butterflies, geckos, lizards, iguanas. Our cats spend most of their days out on the back terrace, where there is a small planter garden in one corner, and a couple of large potted plants in the other corner.
The back terrace is where we store our old BBQ (that we no longer use). It's where I hang our clothes to dry, and where I feed the cats their daily ration of tuna or canned cat food. The scarcity of canned cat food here means they are getting a can of tuna instead, and I can tell you - they are NOT complaining a bit, in fact, they are in love with tuna. Tuna costs just one peso more than the canned cat food, so it's not exactly breaking the bank to give them this treat, although I wonder if it is healthy for them - anyone know?
The cats play on the back terrace, using the plants as camouflage to ambush each other or a passing insect or gecko. The lack of small lizards back there is proof of their hunting skills, unfortunately.
The other evening I was back there taking clothes off the line and one of those wasps with 'boots' on the ends of its legs was buzzing around. Smokey was in hot pursuit, and took one leap straight up into the air - probably jumped a good 4 feet - I had no idea she could jump that high, I was impressed. She missed the wasp though.
Yesterday I went out to hang clothes on the line, and was amused to find the cats perched like this:
The 'cage' that Smokey is in used to be a wall air conditioning unit protected by bars (it is not a cage). When we removed the a/c, we left the platform and the bars, and installed a window. The cats fight over that ledge because they get to look in at us in the kitchen, but still have a great view of the garden. The tin roof protects them from rain, sometimes I really have to coax whoever is on the ledge to come in when it's raining, they feel so comfortable there.
Maya loves the coolness of the utility sink, it makes a perfect cradle for her.
All the cats love sleeping on top of the old BBQ, covered with a nice towel to give them padding - this is their second-favorite spot.
What were they looking at?
I pulled up a chair and just sat and watched, wondering what would happen if the iguana came over to the plant roof above. The metal holding up the plants has rusted through and the weight of the iguana would be too much for it, I think. I got a broom ready in case, not sure what our cats would do with a huge iguana, and not sure what the iguana would do if it fell to the terrace below. I pictured lots of blood, not sure who's it would be.