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robin protection watch: day 2

Ju Ju's obsession with the robins has only increased since yesterday. When let out this morning after her breakfast (her usual routine), she waddled with scary determination across the lawn and plumped herself down directly beneath the nest. Christopher Robin and Robin of Sherwood flew to the garden fence, whereupon Ju Ju barked at them (seriously, it has to be heard to be believed) and glowered impotently. The poor old robins twittered about the garden, and they and Ju Ju exchanged squeaky noises until I dragged Ju Ju back to the house. Now she's sitting at the back door, staring straight at the robins with an even more psychotic than usual look in her eye. What can I do? I can't stay in the kitchen all day to make sure Ju Ju stays away from the avian pair. Can anyone think of some sort of cat repellent that I can put near their nest?

I don't know what's come over her, I really don't. I mean, I've had her for nearly five years and she's spent much of time lying around the garden while birds frolicked around her. She's never shown any interest in, like, eating them before. Why on earth has the bloodlust suddenly kicked in now? It's a mystery.

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jane_the_23rd
May. 3rd, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Can anyone think of some sort of cat repellent that I can put near their nest?

I was about to suggest that you get a dog. But while a dog might repel some cats, Ju Ju would make that dog her slave.

stellanova
May. 3rd, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
She once did have a canine minion! My old next door neighbours had a very cute funny little terrier called Packie, and Ju Ju used to sneak into his house and sleep in his bed and refuse to let him in! She really is a monster.
jane_the_23rd
May. 3rd, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
But if she is truly a monster, why do I love her so? Is it that she has TAKEN OVER MY BRAIN?
alltheleaves
May. 3rd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
To be honest, while I think the robins are cute and all, I don't think you should repel JuJu. It's her natural instinct to want to hunt birds and it's good for a cat to keep being able to do that. While I appreciate that it seems sudden it may have been that you just never saw her to do that until now.
cangetmad
May. 3rd, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
They say that citrus peel is the way to keep cats from digging in your flowerbeds (scattered around the perimiter). I can't vouch for it myself.
cangetmad
May. 3rd, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
Perimeter! In my defence, I have slept even less than usual.
blue_monday
May. 3rd, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Lemon juice or lemon rind rubbed over something is supposed to make them stop scratching at it. Pepper too.

Does she go mad for catnip? You could put something in the garden and spray it with catnip, or get a catnip bush for her to play in. She might be less interested in chasing the robins if she were stoned.
socmot
May. 3rd, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
Any chance of you getting a video camera from somewhere and filming this for online publication? It sounds like top class entertainment!!
jane_the_23rd
May. 3rd, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! I want a Ju Ju cam!
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well, I could film it on my phone, but uploading it somewhere might be tricky...
cran
May. 3rd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
I have robins in my yard, too, but the stupid things didn't build their nest up high, like yours did. They put it on top of a ladder my father had leaning (horizontally, not vertically) against the wall behind the garage. The nest is about two feet off the ground. I'm amazed the neighbor's huge orange hunter cat hasn't got the mother robin yet, but he will surely get the babies when they hatch. My dad is thinking of moving the nest very quickly with something non-human-smelly... he built a little wooden shelf/box and thinks he may be able to get out there, nail it to the garage up high and move the nest quickly enough that she won't care that much. I dunno. I wonder how long bird's eggs can last without the bird sitting on them.
cran
May. 3rd, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
...Although I just read that a robin will abandon her nest if it's moved at all because she's memorized the features around it and won't recognize it as hers if it's moved. I don't know! I don't think they'll last if the nest stays there.
cran
May. 3rd, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the multiple comments, heh. My dad decided not to move it. It's very close to my dog's fence, so hopefully he will be a cat/skunk deterrant. Also, I took a picture!
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Awww, how pretty! And poor stupid impractical robins. At least Christopher Robin and Robin of Sherwood's nest is high up - I don't know if they've laid the eggs yet, because it's too high to actually see in.
thatames
May. 3rd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Is there any way you can phonepost Ju Ju barking? I am desperate to hear it.
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Hee! I don't think I could get her to bark on demand, alas. It's sort of a high pitched "rrrrrrrrrr-rah!" sound, if that's any help!
thatames
May. 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
I am fascinated by this beast! Absolutely fascinated. And I do think she needs her own page on Catster.com so her minions can find her.

(Also, yeah, new LJ... formerly swedishfrogs!)
glitterboy1
May. 3rd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
How weird, that she's suddenly started this. I hope it's just a passing thing - I know mine will sometimes be obsessed with doing something, and then completely forget it a few days later.
sineadg
May. 3rd, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Does Ju Ju respond to nature stuff on telly? Disco Fred goes mental for birds, horse-racing and nature programmes in general (especially ones with monkeys). He makes running lunges at the TV and twists his head quizzically from side to side. So cute - until you can't actually hear the programme you're watching above his growling.

Any update on the DJ/club thing? I'm going to dust off a few records for a hen I'm going to so I'm getting all excited.
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ju Ju sometimes gets transfixed by the telly, but it's always the oddest things - she got very into Upstairs Downstairs the other week! She has been known to get excited by some nature shows, though - especially, like the excellently named Disco Fred, monkeys! But mostly she gets mesmerised by onscreen humans in period costumes. Well, I suppose I couldn't expect her to even like the same telly as a normal animal...

No further planning on club yet, alas - there have been a few venue suggestions, though! I must send out a group e-mail again to narrow down the options. Also, my boyfriend Patsington is planning a sort of cafe-style retro club in a non-alcohol-serving venue (even though we both drink, we are both slightly fed up with the overwhelmingly alcoholic nature of Dublin nightlife), so there should be DJ-ing going on there - I and two friends are hopefully going to be the regular DJs, but might you be on for a guest spot now and then?
sineadg
May. 4th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
Upstairs Downstairs? Bizarre...
DF also likes athletics, sport, anything with movement. He event sat through 'BABE' in its entireity, glued to the telly and shaking like a leave.

Club stuff sounds good, the girlie one sounds great, but the non-booze one could be a laugh (it'll be first, me DJing sober) :)
dorianegray
May. 3rd, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
::shrug:: She's a cat. Cats are predators. Leave her to it. Any bird stupid/careless enough to be caught be her is one less stupid/careless bird contributing to its gene pool - those that remain will be less likely to be caught.
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