Princess is an agitated cat

@GardenGerty (90117)
Marion, Kansas
November 22, 2015 10:46pm CST
The last few days when it gets dark she is very agitated. I thought it was the wind or something causing her to get wild, but tonight I learned differently. We have an interloper in our yard after hours. No, it is not another cat, like I thought it was. No, it is not a deer, either, though I have seen them nearby. The squirrels are asleep, the bunnies are in their nests. It is a young, maybe year old possum. I do not mind, but Princess does. I do not want her to be bitten, as they eat carrion and their bites can be very toxic and cause infections. Basically she sits on top of the patio table and observes. I do not think the possum could get up there. I know they can climb trees though. It is good to know I have a "watch cat"
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@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
23 Nov 15
I get a ton of possoms around here. Had one in the house a few weeks ago. They're nasty looking critters.
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@GardenGerty (90117)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Nov 15
Hubby likes them, and I do not mind them in the yard. I had one come in at the other house when I propped the door open for the cat. This is why I do not like kitty doors and doggie doors.
• United States
23 Nov 15
@GardenGerty I wouldn't like them either. We get a lot of wildlife around here, and I do not want uninvited critters in my house!
@LadyDuck (118229)
• Switzerland
23 Nov 15
Keep her safe inside the house, it is possible that there are also the parents of the young possum around.
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@GardenGerty (90117)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Nov 15
It is possible.I think she just wants to watch the possum.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
23 Nov 15
Princess and the Possum - that might make a nice book.
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@GardenGerty (90117)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Nov 15
I will have to ponder that, and get back to you.
@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Nov 15
I don't blame her with the possum. I'm not scared of them but I think they are scary looking and down right ugly.
@GardenGerty (90117)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Nov 15
She also is very territorial. This is her yard, her stuff.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Nov 15
@GardenGerty Most cats and dogs are very territorial and don't want another animal getting anywhere within their space.
@Hatley (157529)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Dec 15
I don't know about a young possum but the old possums do not hurt anyone b ut they came down from the Tuistin hills begging for food. A housing complex was b uilt into the hills amd took away the habitat for a lot ow wild animals including co outes,wild cats and deer and old grandpa I fed him so he would not uset our garbage can b ut then we had to leave and I often wondered what becameof him he wa old and grey ed and walked like he had arthritis b ut he did not hurt anyone just was hungryl lolu
@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
23 Nov 15
That young, I am surprised her being there doesn't scare off the possum
@celticeagle (114068)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Nov 15
We used to have the same thing happen but with raccoons. Whole families would wander around in the wee small hours. I am rather intimidated by these wild things because some are pretty good sized. Our cats are about half their size. My daughter is very careful to be sure the cats go inside when she is on her way to bed. The raccoons can be very nasty.
@poehere (17249)
• French Polynesia
23 Nov 15
One house I stayed in had a family living under the house. I opened the door one night to see the biggest one beady eyes starting at me. From that time forward I never liked them and they are not friendly creatures either.
@Juliaacv (22003)
• Canada
23 Nov 15
That's not so uncommon. I have heard of people, especially cat owners, saying that they have found a possum in their area. I think that if there is any food left out for the cat it must attract the possum, either that, or the fact that you live near a wooded area where's he's lived for a while could be the reason. I'd try to keep Princess inside because they can be nasty animals.
@jstory07 (56894)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Nov 15
Princess sounds like a very good cat to have. Everyone needs a watch cat.