La sirène d’alerte aérienne

One of the good things about having a black cat is that, if they’re raising hell in public, you can always pretend it must be some other cat. I have had to do this around 8,073 times (each) with Louis Catorze and his big brother, Luther, so I’m used to it by now.

However, it’s rather difficult to deny it in the following circumstances:

1. The hell is raised in broad daylight.

2. The hell is raised in an elevated area surrounded by multiple houses.

3. The hell is raised in the early hours of the morning, when everything is quiet, so people are likely to hear it and investigate.

5. Your cat is unusually small, so onlookers know instantly that he’s yours.

6. Another cat is with him, so the sense of scale makes it even more evident that the small black hellraiser is your cat.

7. Your cat still has the Eye of Sauron on his body from a bald patch that just won’t go away, again making identification very easy. (He’s fine, by the way. The vet says steroids can delay hair regrowth, although we’re to book another appointment if it’s not improved in a couple of weeks.)

Still staring creepily even when his back is turned.

A few days ago, we had each and every one of the above factors working against us.

When I was getting ready to go to work a couple of mornings ago, I heard the familiar sound of a parakeet shrieking. Somehow you can tell when it’s an altercation as opposed to just generic shrieking and this was, without a doubt, an altercation. I looked out, fully expecting Catorze but, to my surprise, he was accompanied by Beefy Tabby Tigger, a local unneutered male whom everyone hates but who, bizarrely, gets along very well with Catorze. The two of them were hanging out on top of our trellis and next door’s shed, and a parakeet, perched atop the telegraph wires above them, was hollering its lungs out.

Naturellement, as soon as he saw me, Catorze decided to flee from the scene of the crime. I wasn’t quick enough to photograph him on the trellis but here he is, absconding, with Tigger and the shrieking parakeet looking on:

What the actual HECK?

I imagine that the parakeet was either warning its buddies of not one but TWO predators below, of which one appeared to have a third eye. Or maybe it was shrieking at them to go away so that it could swoop down and steal some of the food that Cat Daddy puts out for the goldfinches. Either way, it was loud enough for me to go and look. And so, I imagine, did all our neighbours. (Sorry, if any of you are reading this.)

How does an ageing cat have the time or the inclination for any of this nonsense? I can’t figure it/him out, nor do I think I ever will.

31 thoughts on “La sirène d’alerte aérienne

    1. I’m trying to tell myself that, but we’ve seen Tigger a few times and he never causes havoc. He seems to for others, but not here. 🤷‍♀️

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  1. Given the apparent distance between the shed roof and the wire where the parakeet is, why didn’t the bird just fly away ? Or was it taunting them ? (Most likely,)

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  2. I don’t think cats have any idea how old they are. Frankie still runs around like a kitten and he’s 11. You should probably put some of those security cameras outside. Not for security but just so you can capture some funny videos.

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    1. Can you IMAGINE? We’d have hours of footage of Catorze and the local wildlife winding each other up. I’d be watching it forever and I’d never leave the house!

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  3. Thankfully I don’t have parakeets this far north. However, the crows that nest in the poplar opposite do take the opportunity to berate my three furry idiots.

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    1. Oh Luna, I don’t doubt that you could. There are a lot of them, though. And, like germs, they are multiplying.


    1. But then every parakeet reacts in the same way. As does every magpie. And every squirrel. And every fox. You get the picture. 😩

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