Contact With The Outside
So, here is a world premiere, but more about this if you read on. Apart from transport boxes or windows in my apartment, my cat didn’t know the outside as she always has been a house cat. But now that I am at my uncle’s house for a while again, and due to the fact that there is a terrace, I wanted to show her the outside. Today was a sunny day, there was boredom, and I thought I do her something good and I showed her the terrace. I always planned something like this, if it wouldn’t have happened here, I would have done this at home in our garden some day. She’s vaccinated anyway, I was more concerned about fleas and ticks, but I thought the risk would not be too great on the rattan couch and pavement, and even if so, it wouldn’t be the end of the world as I could do something afterwards.
I had a cat leash with me as I knew about the terrace, I purchased this nice leash a long time ago, and even if we never went out together, we practices already with the leash a few times at home at that time. I was always a bit concerned if I really should show her the outside, because she could like it too much, and then I would have the problem that she never would be happy again inside, but as said, there would be possibilities as we rented a garden in our hometown anyway, and it would be possible to be outside with her at times. At home, my apartment has no balcony, but I plan to move to a better apartment sometime next year if I am less busy, and I will not be able to afford an apartment with a terrace but a balcony would be possible, and then I would have the option to enjoy the time together with my cat on the balcony. However, as long as I still in a house to help my uncle a bit, I thought it would be a chance to give my cat a new experience and we just went out on the terrace with the leash.
To my surprise, my cat absolutely didn’t like that experience at first. I mean, dislike is maybe the wrong word, but I’d say she was quite overwhelmed with the experience. I tried to understand how it would feel like for her, and even if she listened to several sounds in the past when she sat near the windows, it must be a total different experience for a house cat if she is outside the first time. I sat on the rattan sofa with her, and there was a bumblebee, two wasps, the sounds of birds from all directions, the noise from the street close to the house and so on. A lot of impressions at once, and sadly it was fathers day, my cat panicked a bit when a group of totally drunken and noisy people passed by the footpath behind the house with a handcart loaded with shaking and clanging beer crates and an impressive subwoofer. When the second group passed by, my cat had enough of the terrace, she drew me back inside with the leash, and we took a break.
One hour later, it was quieter outside, I thought we try this again. We did this a few times for short periods but then she started to enjoy it a bit, I wouldn’t say fully, but she listened to all the natural sounds like the bees and the birds, and watching her tail and her mien, I could tell she was in a state of full curiosity for a while. The sunbeams were quite warm, I noticed them on my forehead, and my cat seemed to calm down and I knew why, she always liked to lie close to the windows in my apartment where it is the warmest in summer. AT this point, I had my camera with me, it was the best situation to take some snapshots, but also some portraits. As I am the lazy guy, I prefer to choose single photos and I do barely upload huge galleries at once on my blog, especially because every single photo often inspires me to craft new posts. So, let me start with just one photo, I’d say it’s a portrait of her, and I shot the photo when she was on the rattan couch, and I will upload some others in the future. So, take a look, here is a photo of her outside for the first after a few tries, the photo was shot when she got used to the new situation…