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October 22, 2015

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Unexpected Dinner Guests at the Cat Shelter

by Gradmama2011

Here are a couple of guests at dinner one night.  If I told anyone about these no one would believe me, so this time I got some photos to prove it.   The cats, who are the actual residents, were watching from a respectful distance.  The cats don’t object, but the animals do make a mess and knock things over, and slobber in the water dish.   Please note that I DO NOT feed these wild creatures and I  chase them away when I see them.  They are nocturnal, so I make a point of not feeding the cats after dark.   I maintain a respectful distance also, especially when they have babies with them.  Obviously these critters don’t know the rules.

Hey...what are YOU doing here?

Hey…what are YOU doing here?

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The baby opossum is supposed to stay in the mother’s pouch, they are marsupials. I only got this one shot, as the Mom apparently told baby to get back in bed. (I am shooting this photo from inside the house, through the glass door…)

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Rear view of a young opossum.

It is against city ordinance to feed wild animals, which incudes opossums and raccoons…even deer, as a matter of fact.   Cats, however, are exempted from the ordinance.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 22 2015

    Ahhhh….Yes! Nature will ‘out’. But then, again, they are animals (critters) as are cats and even humans….. 😉

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    • Oct 22 2015

      I talk a lot, but I really am careful to avoid wild animals. As you say, the populations would soon get out of control.

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  2. Oct 22 2015

    Interesting encounter. Feeling them would encourage more visits in higher numbers. Not sure how safe that would be.

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    • Oct 22 2015

      Its also against the law. We have a big wooded area so all sorts of critters live there. I could not afford to feed them, and also it would be a safety factor having them hang around much. I never try to go out among them.

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      • Oct 23 2015

        I agree with you. I don’t think it’s safe especially on health grounds.

      • Oct 23 2015

        they might bite ,too, especially if they have babies. here they live in a pretty well contained area, but they do carry disease, or they can. actually I rarely see them, and then usally when it is very cold. it was a huge surprise when these in the photos came out it was winter.

      • Oct 23 2015

        I can imagine your surprise. I would be very scared to venture near any of them . A bite could mean rabies or all sorts of infection :/ It’s good you are being cautious.

      • Oct 23 2015

        right, I dont go out when they are out there., in fact the cats keep their distance too.

  3. Oct 22 2015

    We had the same problem when we had a field next to us. No possums, but two big raccoons. Cute, but they can be vicious little buggers.

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    • Oct 22 2015

      oh yes, raccoons are too cute, but I do take due care around them. They do a lot of damage.

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  4. Karen S.
    Oct 22 2015

    When we fed our outdoor groundskeepers, (kitty-cats) on our deck these little critters always came around too! No more feeding on our deck!

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    • Oct 22 2015

      right. I never put out food after dark, and just what the cats will consume.

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  5. Oct 22 2015

    A very neat experience. Good for you in not feeding them purposely!

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    • Oct 22 2015

      its illegal, but I wouldn’t feed them anyway, they do a lot of damage and they can be dangerous

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  6. Oct 22 2015

    I probably would do the “dumb” thing and entice them to come around for my enjoyment. They are so cute; I’d love to glimpse that baby again.

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    • Oct 23 2015

      We only got one peek at that baby and I just happened to have my camera ready. I don’t know about the opposums, but raccoons can be a big problem!

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