Look at my little sweet Daisy all covered in black soot!
Well, she's not little, but she is sweet.
At least she makes an effort to clean herself up. I'm guessing that she went under someone else's house and cuddled up to their warm furnace pipes...But to look like Daisy, the pipes must be separated and heating the outdoors instead of the indoors. Last year she did the same thing...came home all sooty and I remember the neighbor complaining about how cold their house was and when they opened up their crawl space, under the house...it was toasty warm. One of the vent pipes had come loose. No wonder the cats loved it under there.
We have a neighbor who likes our cats to crawl under his house, so he leaves an opening for them. He says it keeps the mice out of his house and we told him that the cats will tear up his insulation and that's why we don't let them under our house. He said he doesn't care...He'd rather have torn up insulation than mice...fine.
I don't think that Daisy was under his house though...I think she went to someone else's house...She came from the wrong direction...the direction of the previous dislocated vent pipe. I think I'll ask them if their furnace is heating the house tomorrow or if they think it feels a little 'chilly' in there. I'll suggest that they take a peek under their house...I know the spot...and check for a loose pipe. They wouldn't know about it because they just moved there in the summer.
Below is what Daisy usually looks like...nice & clean and white with orange spots. I really don't know why she's so fat because she's such a playful cat and starts her morning ritual at daybreak by waking me up by trying to take the phone receiver off the hook. Then she's off to run around in circles while chasing a plastic ball around a large round blue plastic ring. She's really very noisy when she plays.
If seven cats wasn't enough...another neighbor, two doors down moved and left these two cats behind. (Picture below) I thought they were both tomcats, but now I'm not so sure...one has pom poms, so it's a tom...but the smaller cat has nothing, yet. Of course our cats wouldn't let them in the yard, so we fed them by the fence. The larger tom has learned where the hidden cat feeders are and sneaks over to eat, but the smaller cat is still shy and gets chased when it tries to venture near the feeders. But the other cats are slowly beginning to accept them a little at a time...especially when they see us holding and petting them.
Jimmy likes to spoil them with canned cat food. I had all the cats weaned from the canned food and they were very happy with their dry food and the vet & I were also happy that they were eating healthy. There was no more early morning meowing and tripping you up as you walked...You could even walk out the door without being attacked by a flock of meowing cats...I know they aren't a flock. It was really nice & peaceful. The cats would just wander on up for petting every once in a while and, sometimes honor you by sitting in your lap. BUT NO MORE!!! Thanks to my wonderful husband.
But I shouldn't make fun of Jimmy, because now he's taken over the chore of feeding our many cats.
Are you sure you don't need a cat? or two???