Last Night In the Dark

What was that?

I was sitting here late last night giving half of my attention to some nature documentary on television and playing solitaire on the computer. The windows were still open allowing the sounds of the night to be a lovely background noise. Until it wasn’t so lovely.

Breaking into my distraction I was suddenly hearing sounds of something very angry and it was the remainder of the colony. I had to find out what was going on. No one or nothing messes with any one or anything in my care. I grabbed the first flashlight I found and headed for the back door. Shining the narrow beam from the small flashlight through the glass into the night I saw one of the cats and the eyes of something else. Slowly opening the door I found myself looking at a very large raccoon looking back at me. It was one of the largest raccoons I have seen and it wanted the dry cat food that was remaining in the pans at the base of the steps. The cats on the other hand did not want to share. They had gone too many hours without food and they were not giving up any of their dinner. The raccoon though, was determined not to go easily.

I walked out onto the top step, the raccoon walked part way across the yard. I stepped down a couple steps, the raccoon held its place. I stepped off onto the ground and the raccoon walked to the edge of the woods. I searched for anything to throw at the varmint to try and get it to leave. Tossing a stick the raccoon moved further into the woods nd I grabbed the food pans and carried them inside. The cats may not have been happy about their meal disappearing, but peace was restored with the leaving of the raccoon.

This incident though has made me very glad that the procedures are under way to protect the colony. Protect them from too many litters. Protects them from disease. Protects them from wandering off in search of love only for that search to lead to danger or worse death. Over the course of time since the first cats appeared on my back steps, a loving, vocal male has disappeared. An absolutely gorgeous yet stand offish female has disappeared. An entire litter of kittens have disappeared. Part of the first litter that expanded the colony has disappeared. It is heartbreaking to grow attached and then have them disappear. Hopefully now, thanks to the help from friends, this colony will not expand and will be safer in many ways.

I do know better than to leave food out after dark. I will use the excuse that I had poured too much into the pans after feeling bad for their going hungry. Last night was a reminder not to do that. At least the cats all seemed safe, angry, but safe.

The newly named Harmony, confused, not knowing the better life to come

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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3 Responses to Last Night In the Dark

  1. and we’ve had altercations with racoons… they can be vicious. scary!

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