Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

Sometimes I wonder about things.

Like tulips and cat fur. Tulips require a minimum number of chill hours in order to bloom. Do cats require similar chill hours to grow a winter fur coat?

I wonder only because my big old tom cat has a lot more fur this winter than my baby Zorro. I probably shouldn’t call him a baby. In cat years, he’s likely a teenager by now; but he’s so much smaller than the old tom.

Baby Zorro
Baby Zorro

Looking at my two cats, chill hours for fur seems possible. The old tom spends more time outside and not all of those hours on my two acres. When I try to call him in on cold nights, he doesn’t hear me, unless, of course, he’s just ignoring me. That’s another one of those things I wonder about.

The baby, however, comes in every night to sleep with Mama so he’s not getting the same chill hours and his coat is thinner. Apparently, he’s skittish when it comes to cold. When he’s had enough of it, he wails at the front door so that Mama, his butler, will let him in.

Last night, we had some serious frost. This required the butler to get out of a warm bed three times to open the door and allow the baby to feel how cold it was from three feet away. It’s a good thing he decided to go out that last time because the butler was considering toasting his hide.

21 thoughts on “TULIPS AND CATS”

  1. Have you noticed your body hair thickening any with the colder weather? We here in Ohio are all beginning to look like our ancient relatives the apes.

  2. I love a good cat story. My teenage cat won’t have anything to do with me until it gets below freezing. Then we are BEST friends. I hate being used like this but I do love him laying on my feet during the cold nights.

  3. Not sure about the age and chill hours…However, I do notice that Enna the Scottish bumble bunny does not have thick hair like her Bathen ancestry bunnies. Could be the crazy weather we have experienced or that she, like Zorro, likes to cuddle inside and eat oatmeal.

  4. My cat, Bundy, is a big orange tom with long hair. He likes to be outside in the sunshine. Bless his heart he must be so confused these days! I have noticed that his hair is much thicker right now. Thank goodness I have a cat/dog door so he can come and go all hours of the day and night. Speaking of tulips, Mandarin Garden Club is having a program next Thursday night on forcing bulbs It starts at 7:00 pm. Get yourself across the bridge and join us. But you can’t bring the kitties!!!

    1. Betty — If I had a cat door, I’d have possums and raccoons in the house with me. The possums, in particular, caused me to start feeding the cats indoors. Somebody gifted me with a dead squirrel right at the front steps…

    1. Indie — My first two cats were strictly indoor cats. They sat on the top of the couch looking out with such longing. Every now and then, I’d let them out under my supervision. They always went for the grass — to chew on it. I came to believe that they have knowledge of what they need in their diet or for healing. Thus, the stray cats that showed up in 2012 and even Baby Zorro, are allowed in and out. Just call me Mr. Carson.

  5. I don’t know about the fur thing, but if Zorro had a cat door, that might reduce the duties of the butler? My small dog Potter has a cat door, that might account for a certain craziness and neurosis, perhaps to do with identity confusion.

    1. Catmint – yes, a cat door would reduce my butler duties but I might also find possums, raccoons, squirrels, foxes and a snake or two in my house. So, no cat door. So sorry to hear that Potter has identity issues from using a cat door. 🙂

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