Are there any animal behaviorists out there? Ones who might have insights into a street cat’s motives? Because I need some answers.
For a week straight (over a week by now) my favorite street cat has been up on a roof. Her kittens and other cats roam around below while she stays on the roof. It’s over a garage that is attached to a two story house, so the garage roof is a great deal lower than the house’s roof. I see her every afternoon, around sunset or just past, and she sits on the ridgepole meowing out for the whole neighborhood to hear. When she sees me her meows become louder, and although she walks down close to the edge of the roof, as if she wants to jump down from it onto a high wall that abuts it, she doesn’t. She rubs the edges of the terra cotta tiles with her whiskers, as if to mark them, and then walks back up to sit along the ridgepole, or over onto the other side, constantly meowing.
At first I was nervous that she was stuck up there. But now? Her babies are all wandering around down below, gathering up the food that passersby feed them, and she’s up there meowing away and not coming down. I don’t know what would make her be staying up there. Do you have any ideas? A cat’s gotta eat and this is the cat who used to follow me everywhere for a handout. Now she’s up on a roof, has been up there for a week, and seems perfectly happy but isn’t bothering to come down for food.
What do you think is going on?
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