Rosie the cat and our backyard wildlife

The Rosie pose

The Rosie pose

This post features family cat, Rosie, whose photograph appeared a long time ago in a post on prized family pets through the decades.

Here in SW Florida, we see a variety of wildlife out our back lanai, especially in winter. But today, I was amazed to see a bobcat. I noticed him because Rosie, a stray we took in several years ago, was in the unique, highly attentive pose she goes into whenever she spots something intriguing. The bobcat was across the ditch which is filled with rainwater (we’ve had a ton of rain lately); it did not see Rosie, but it did see something else. I had no idea what — until I spotted a big old coyote walking through the backyard on this side of the ditch (kind of too close for comfort). And then, moments later, Mr. Bobcat went off in that direction. No idea if he and Mr. Coyote met, but no doubt this is a day that Rosie (and I) will not soon forget!

Rosie in her glory days several years ago; she was 0 to 60 in seconds.

Rosie in her glory days several years ago; she was 0 to 60 in seconds.

PS: People often ask me how we manage to contain a cat who was once a stray (quite feral, actually), hunting food and dashing about in the great outdoors — well, these cats are so grateful for a home once they manage to get one, you can’t get them to leave! An open door or window is no enticement. They simply won’t budge. And Rosie is a real sweetie. She’s skittish and will always be, but on her terms will happily be petted and cuddled. She has never tried to scratch or bite anyone. The lanai is her “entertainment center” where she happily spends many hours of the day.

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4 thoughts on “Rosie the cat and our backyard wildlife

  1. I’m in So. Fla. and am thrilled that you were able to get these photos. I can’t remember when I last saw a bobcat in the ‘wild’ and that Rosie of yours is too much!


    • If Rosie had not been in her “pose,” I wouldn’t have noticed the bobcat. Thankfully, my camera was handy and I have a bit of a zoom on it. I was shocked really–had never seen a bobcat in the wild before either. We’ve seen coyotes periodically, but this was amazing. Rosie is a real hoot to have around. I give her full photo credit on this one!


  2. Great photos. I’m in Central FL and hope never to see one of those around my yard! All my kitties are feral that have been brought in and they are now all little cuddle-bugs! 🙂


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