A little water, and he's patrolling the backyard for varmints. [Photo from Petfinder.com]
The front and backyards of my mother's red-brick, Penn Branch cottage are crawling - CRAWLING - with the silliest and most adorable stray CATS, who are hard at work, catching and eating any shrew, plestiodon, squirrel, rat or mouse that comes within ten feet of the place. So, ..only once a day, ..we've started feeding these little rascals, ..knowing that the summer heat, hunting for food and occasional scraps with other cats can be brutal for them. Still, they expect so little, and they are so, so loyal, while also being decidedly independent and keeping a respectable distance, ..you really can't ask for better neighbors!
Loyalty? Ha! Try finding that, this close to Capitol Hill.
Not asking you to feed all the stray cats, east of Big Dirty! Hell no...but, be a pal, when you can, by filling up a spare bowl (not too deep) with nice, cool tap water and putting it out, where the little imps can reach it. Not so hard, right?
And they're cute...doesn't hurt.