There is a lot of traffic on the Cat Freeway and we get lots of visitors! Remember that orange tree I mentioned? It also attracts opossums. They have beady little eyes and long whiskers and you can hear their nails as the climb along the fence. They just aren’t very attractive — I’d rather have the stray cats.
We had our first encounter the week we moved in. I had left both the slider and the screen open because we didn’t have the doggy door for the cats installed yet. I heard a noise out in the dining room and walked in to find a very small opossum eating out of the cats food dish. I don’t know who was more frightened. I think we got the new doggy door the next morning.
Then there was the time 2 years later that we had the opossum on the patio. I shared the experience with my Baby Sister online. Here’s how the conversation went:
me: did I tell you about the opossum?
Baby Sister: no… tell me about the opossum!
me: the other nite I’m watching tv and I hear Antony’s dish rattling on the patio….it wasn’t Antony!
Baby Sister: oh no!
me: I’m bringing the dish in at nite now! It is Alex’s avocado tree! they hang out and eat them and needed some kibble on the side!
Baby Sister: ewww!
me: there are always half eaten avocados out there!
Baby Sister: can the opossum get in the kitty door?
me: well now that is what I wondered but my daughter and husband think I am crazy!
me: I want to get a motion camera for out there!!!!!
Baby Sister: if the cat’s can get in that way .. i don’t see why a possum can’t.
me: nor do I!
Baby Sister: oh a camera would be perfect!
Fast forward 2 more years. The neighbors have cut the avocado tree down and yet still we see the occasional opossum out under the orange tree. The other day I was standing at the kitchen sink when I saw the branches start to shake. I figured it was one of the cats when out crawled this creature. I used the long lens on my camera. I wasn’t to keen on the idea of getting very close to him. Cats really are much more entertaining. Prettier, too.