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Feline Friday – #118 – keeping warm

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It’s been chilly here by Southern California standards in the 50s and 60s F (10s and 15s C) during the day… sometimes in the 40s F (4s C) at night  My place is like an open plan barn with high ceilings and lots of stairs. It’s impossible to heat in the winter or cool in the summer even with the central heating or a/c going full blast. In chilly weather I just bundle up and deal with it. After all, I had plenty of practice growing up in England !

The cats have their fur coats so I don’t worry about them too much. Yesterday I looked everywhere for Freddie… he didn’t turn up in any of his usual places. I walked around with a dish of food but he didn’t appear. I called his name but he ignored me. Okay, whatever.

I decided it was time to turn on the holiday lights in the window. As I turned back into the living room I noticed a piece of paper or a towel sticking out of the cat condo. Once in a while the cats curl up on the top but never go inside. As I bent down to see what was in there, I was met by a glaring eye. Freddie, what are you doing in there? He refused to tell me so I surmised it was a warm cozy place to stay out of the chilly drafts whipping around the room.

In other news, Frankie has left the kitchen! He has continued to sleep in the basket on the kitchen counter during the day then at night retreat to the top stair just before the roof deck door. The past few days when it’s been really cold, he has spent the daytime hours up there too. We all know heat rises and it seems Frankie has figured that out as well. The temperature at the top of my place is a good ten degrees warmer than in the living room on the first level… and the kitchen is even colder. And it’s also a good location to see what’s going on out on the deck (hummingbirds, finches, crows, etc) and to keep an eye on me just a few steps down in my office.

Another good place to stay out of the chill is to hide between the sofa and the throw cover. This probably has more to do with Freddie using the sofa as a scratching pad (which the cover was supposed to prevent) than keeping warm… but it’s possibly serving two purposes. It’s also a good opportunity to show off his magnificent tail!

 

Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

10 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #118 – keeping warm

  1. I know what it’s like to just “bundle up and deal with it.” Sometimes our house feels like a barn. Great photos! It’s all about survival in the winter months. 🙂

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    • I am always grateful for cool weather as I have a very limited temperature tolerance… anything between low 60s to high 70s is okay but below or above those parameters, I am not a happy camper! I sometimes complain about being chilly but I’d rather have that than be overheated!

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  2. They will find the warmest spots easily!

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  3. I have a vaulted ceiling with an open loft above, so we all know where the heat goes here as well. When I run the fireplace the heat all floats upstairs, but sitting in front of it while it is going is a popular location. Cats are good at finding the warm spots in the “Winter and the cooler spots in the Summer. I hate it when I have “lost” a cat in the house. The lost one does not respond and a great search must be started–just in case!

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    • I always get a little concerned when I can’t find a cat. I have to check the refrigerator because they both slip in there when I’m not looking. When Freddie was younger he got out on to the street several times and although I “think” I have those escape routes plugged up, you never know for sure! It’s a beautiful sunny day today so I know all I have to do is check the sunny spots.

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  4. Seeing Freddie curled up in the condo was the best shot.

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