Witness to the population explosion

“Do you own a cat?” asked my next-door neighbor earlier tonight. He was exiting his house while I was tending to the watering I didn’t get to before work this morning.

“No,” I said.

“There’s one standing by the car,” he said. “I wondered if it was yours.”

I shook my head.

“Do you want a cat?” he asked. “Because now it’s walking toward your front yard.”

“I’m more of a dog person,” I said. “But maybe it would help chase away the rabbits.”

“I’ve seen a lot more of those than usual,” he said. “Have they been eating your plants?”

“They were for awhile,” I said. “Now I think things are too big for them. But they ate all the peas. I got no peas this year.”

“They like the green stuff,” he said. “That’s for sure.”

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11 Responses to “Witness to the population explosion”


  1. 1 Carol July 25, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    I hate when the rabbits eat all the pea vines like that! I think my neighbor’s cats helped keep some rabbits away from my garden. If a cat came over to play, I let it stay instead of chasing it out like before. I think I’m on to something here…

  2. 2 steven July 25, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Jack Russell Terriers are the answer to your rabbit problems, but then you have a Jack Russell Terrier problem for the rest of the year.

  3. 3 inadvertentgardener July 25, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Carol, that sounds like as good a method of rabbit control as I’ve been able to come up with.

    Steven, some might say that’s really not a problem at all!

  4. 4 steven July 26, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I love my JRT, but I have to say she embodies the worst traits of dogs, cats, small children and Tasmanian Devils in one thirteen pound package. (and she’s the mellowest JRT I’ve encountered)

  5. 5 Emma July 26, 2007 at 11:32 am

    In my house, there would be a round of applause of I came in all sad that the bunnies ate the peas. Even the vacuum cleaner yellow lab hates peas. bah! Just wait until next year when I give them brussells sprouts! that’ll teach them not to like my fresh grown peas! ;-)

    Emma

  6. 6 Nirmala July 26, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I guess I’m lucky. My neighbors cat hangs out on my front porch all the time. I pet him and he takes care of container yard so I get the benefits with out the work and the allergies! Cute!

  7. 7 Jenny July 26, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I know the owner of a big, black cat who wouldn’t mind if he came to live with you to help with your rabbit problem. Interested?

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener July 26, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Steven, be careful about maligning Tasmanian Devils. I’m sure there’s an association somewhere that will have something to say about that!

    Emma, I think that’s a perfect situation. That means you get all the fresh peas to yourself!

    Nirmala, that does sound like a pretty good deal!

    Jenny, didn’t you try to give me that cat once before?

  9. 9 Jenny July 26, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Hey, you can’t fault a girl for trying (twice).

  10. 10 inadvertentgardener July 26, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Jenny, never let it be said you’re not persistent. Or determined. Or focused on the goal. ;-)


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