The Ugly Opossums on the Cat Freeway

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.

Opossum sitting on the fence under the orange tree.

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.

About Kc

Kc is the Mom to 3 cats and lives in sunny Southern California. The Cat Freeway runs through her backyard and brings with it lots of guest cats and the occasional opossum and lizard!
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4 Responses to The Ugly Opossums on the Cat Freeway

  1. Sandy says:

    I remember that conversation! What a hoot!!

    I have to admit, I think the opossums are actually quite cute! They look like cats with long faces.

  2. Penny says:

    Great picture again!

  3. Wow, your possums are alot closer to your living area that my one who was in the back of the yard. I agree they are not very pretty, and it is probably why I feel so sorry for them and almost pray when I see them dead in the middle of street. Same for squirrels tho they are a little cuter. Glad I do not have orange or avocado trees (that’s a joke) – how wonderful it would be to have either one or both!!! Enjoyed your possum story – had not seen it. It is good possum photo.


    • Kc says:

      I actually don’t miss the avocado tree — it brought with it a lot of roof rats! Bet you don’t have those either! We used to find half eaten avocados everywhere and you could hear them on the roof! Yikes!

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