Play­ful cats bet­ter than porch pi­rates

Alarm sys­tem dis­cov­ers sur­prise fun vis­i­tors over hol­i­days

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - Roxanne Mole­nar Ed­i­tor’s Note­book

I’m al­ways on the look­out for porch pi­rates — those peo­ple who steal pack­ages off of peo­ple’s front porches. My house has been hit be­fore, and it’s an­noy­ing and in­va­sive.

I have a se­cu­rity sys­tem on my house and a Ring door­bell. And over the last week, the Ring “mo­tion de­tec­tor” has been go­ing ba­nanas, send­ing me re­peated no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Cu­ri­ous, I logged in to see what was go­ing on, and the an­swer sur­prised me.

Cats. Ran­dom neigh­bor­hood cats keep ac­ti­vat­ing the mo­tion de­tec­tor. So far, I’ve iden­ti­fied four dif­fer­ent fur­balls.

Two are clearly some­body’s pets, as they have col­lars on. These two like to play tag on the front steps, run­ning back and forth, boop­ing each other on the nose.

The third cat is black, and he just slinks around on his own, maybe hunt­ing the birds. If that’s the case, I’m cool with it … we have a lot of birds hang­ing around the house.

The fourth cat is a gor­geous cal­ico, who ap­par­ently likes to sun her­self on the front steps.

This is all a new de­vel­op­ment. We usu­ally don’t have ran­dom cats in the neigh­bor­hood, which I think is due in large part to the in­cred­i­ble num­ber of dogs re­sid­ing nearby. But the dog num­bers have dwin­dled in the last few months, with two house­holds of ca­nines mov­ing away.

That in turn may have opened the door to cats mov­ing in — or mov­ing about more freely.

There are al­ways con­cerns about feral cats es­tab­lish­ing colonies in the neigh­bor­hood, but at the mo­ment, I’m not sure a few ran­dom sight­ings con­sti­tute a colony fear.

I’m enjoying the videos on the door­bell though. It’s like hav­ing my own per­sonal kitty YouTube chan­nel, com­plete with chases and nose boops.

Cats are also bet­ter porch vis­i­tors than porch pi­rates. Few things anger me more than peo­ple steal­ing off of other peo­ple’s front doorsteps.

Given a choice be­tween porch pi­rates and cats, I’ll take the cats ev­ery time!

Un­signed ed­i­to­ri­als rep­re­sent the view­point of this news­pa­per rather than an in­di­vid­ual. Col­umns and let­ters to the ed­i­tor rep­re­sent the view­points of the per­sons writ­ing them and do not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent the views of the Yuma Sun.

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