Lots of Laughs
Unwelcome possums just can’t say no to the cat food bowl.
An uninvited guest helps itself to the cat’s supper.
Ihad finally convinced my husband to install a cat door on the entrance to our back porch. The four kitties could now come and go as they pleased. But those silly felines could not figure out how to use it. We tried talking them through it, but that wasn’t working.
Then late one night, I heard a loud crunching coming from the back porch. I wondered which of the cats was eating dinner at that hour and why so loudly. I got up to check, and there was a large possum feeding at the cat bowl. He figured out how to use the cat door and marched right in. When I startled it, the cats watched it leave, and by golly, they finally figured out the cat door, too.
Thank you, Mr. Possum. No need to come back—your work here is done.
During a winter many years later, I noticed a stray cat in our garden shed. He had gotten in through a little notch that my husband cut beside the door so the riding mower deck would fit through, and we had forgotten to put a board over it for the winter. The half-grown cat was staying in there to keep warm, and I started feeding him. I even made a nice bed in an old cooler, complete with a blanket, to keep him cozy.
Most days he would greet me when I went out to feed him. One dark morning he wasn’t at the door. I checked the cooler-bed. Staring back at my flashlight glare was a fat possum. So fat, in fact, I wasn’t sure how he fit through the notch. But I was pretty sure I now knew why the young kitty wasn’t getting any bigger. He was the victim of another possum-led cat food caper.
How many times do we have to tell you, Mr. Possum? No need to come back!