Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heated Days

It’s been hot in southern Alberta lately. The temperature yesterday reached 30° Celsius. For those of us who remember real measurements, that’s about 89° on the Fahrenheit scale.

The reaction of cats to heat is something I find strange. They abandon sleeping on the bed for the most part. Tungsten, loyal beast that she is, starts out the night with me, tucked up against me as always. But she disappears at some point. She will come back once, twice, sometimes more, but just as frequently, she will go elsewhere. The other cats find cooler resorts in which to sleep.

During the day, they seek out hardwood and linoleum. Josie in particular favours the corridor leading to the bedroom, while the others sprawl where they can. Yet warmth, crazily, remains in demand. Yesterday, following dinner, after the cats had eaten and cleaned themselves, they relaxed to let their meals digest, as they always do. Where did I find Josie? On the ottoman in the back parlour - in the sun.

The boys are a bit more reasonable. Tucker likes a place on the cat-tree when I position it behind the screened front door, while Renn enjoys spreading out at the top of the tallest cat-tree.

The temperature is supposed to diminish tomorrow, and to drop to 12° by Friday (about 51° or 52° Fahrenheit). That’s the way spring is here. I’m hoping for a more equable summer - nothing over 25°, preferably 20°. But I’ve lived here too long to expect my demands to be met by meteorology. In that case, I’ll take a lesson from my cats, and just adapt as best I can.


  1. When it gets hot here in Nova Scotia, the coolest place in the house is the basement but none of us go there. The peeps never understand, either!

  2. Ugh, we are going into the low 90's this weekend. Although the mom liked it when she was younger, she finds she likes cooler weather now. The kitties don't mind. They have heat in the winter, AC in the summer and insulating fur all the time!

  3. Yup it is hot here too. The kitties outside get in whatever shade they can find and the ones inside find the coolest places that they can find. Hope the new foster kitty works our for you. I know what it is like to have one that doesn't get along. Have a great week end.

  4. Bellen, I love how we take our cues from our cats. They adapt to anything and they do it so well. We haven't had any hot weather here yet, but the windowsills are well occupied and everyone here is enjoying the weekend into Monday.

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on Mom Julie's author blog. Writing for enjoyment is what it's all about. :) It's nice to meet someone else who writes for the pure joy of it..

    Tom, Mom Julie, Mitty, Tinker, and Anastasia xx

  5. It's a weird spring here, weather-wise and my kitties are changing their sleeping spots too.
    Hope it cools to a good temp for you soon!