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Bear and the Birds

Category: Gardening Remembrances | Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:34 am

This is Bear, aka Bear the Cat or Bearcat. In many ways Bear thinks she is a dog. She will carry on conversations with you, meowing to everything you say. She will come when you call her and the thing I like best, she is always right beside me in the garden. We have three cats but Bear is my cat. As you can see she is a Maine Coon.

We got Bear as a kitten from a group that saves and protects this breed and we literally had to sign our lives away. We had to swear that we would not take her for rides in the car, never have her declawed or allow her to go outside. The first two were easy but Bear insists on going outside and no one is going to stop her. The addition of doggie doors for our two Golden Retrievers made it impossible to stop her.

Bear the Cat ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

Today I was loading the dogs into the car for a trip to the grocery store when I spotted Bear walking across the driveway with something in her mouth. When she ran to the front of the house I knew she was up to something. It took awhile to catch up to her and when I could finally see her up close there was a feathered wing and tail feathers sticking out of her mouth. When I reached down I guess she was going to meow to tell me something and as soon as she opened her mouth that poor finch took off and escaped into the cool afternoon sky.

I do not mind when Bear catches field mice or scares away squirrels but I do have a problem with her and birds. I can understand her being upset with mockingbirds that constantly chirp,harass and dive bomb her during the summer, but the other song birds are welcome and I do spend a lot of time feeding them and keeping their baths filled with water. I know Bear thinks I do these things to attract birds just so she can catch them; she may be my friend and companion but after all she is still a cat.

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eileen wrote on Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:09 am:

What a beautiful cat your Bear is. She has the lovliest eyes.
There's no way to stop a cat being a cat but I'm glad the finch managed to live throughout its ordeal and fly off.


gfreiherr wrote on Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:48 pm:

Ditto to what Eileen wrote, great photo. How does she get along with Felix and she the boss?


glendann wrote on Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:46 pm:

What a beautiful Kitty.The Maine Coon cats are just wonderful cats .They are so big and beautiful.My daughter
has a maine coon .Buddy is larger than your Bear.

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