Cat on a hot tile roof

This is not a prison wall

Well, most of that title is correct. There was a cat. We have a tile roof. The cat was on the tile roof. It was however, at 3:00 AM, so it probably wasn’t very hot and he wasn’t up there the whole time. How do we know that? There is a motion detector in our courtyard that turns on a light if it detects any thing/one. Since our bedroom is upstairs well out of sight of being overlooked by any neighbors we don’t have any window treatments. That means when the summer sun comes up at 6 o’clock there’s no sleeping late. It also means that when the pitch black is interrupted in the middle of the night with a very bright spot light, we are suddenly awake, even from a deep sleep.

Our courtyard is completely surrounded by thick concrete walls at least 8 feet (2.5 meters) tall and up to 16 feet (5 meters) as you can see in the photo above. We haven’t found out yet why that back wall is so tall but we do know that there is a church on the other side, in case that somehow figures into the solution. Once we determined that le chat was the cause of the light coming on, Bill went outside hoping to pick up our new friend and put him out our front door. Unfortunately that was not part of this little guy’s plan as he frantically tried, unsuccessfully, to climb the wall in several spots. Time for a different tactic.

Tomato cage today; cat ladder tomorrow

We considered opening the front door in hopes that he would dash directly from the courtyard through there to the street but he might have just as easily run upstairs. Wisely, Bill next moved a ladder over to the shortest wall so that this could become the escape route. Within an instant the cat was up and away, scrambling across our neighbor’s roof. To prevent this from happening again, we’re installing a small wooden cat ladder, disguised as a trellis, to provide an easy way out.

So why was there a cat in our courtyard at 3:00 AM? Just wandering around? Looking for love? Chasing a mouse? I really don’t want to know, especially if it’s that last possibility. We don’t have much of a problem with bugs coming in the house even though, like most of our neighbors, we don’t have screens on the windows. Perhaps it’s time to rethink that.

About Bob

While living in North, Central and South America, in the middle of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, and now in Europe, my passion has remained the same: travel and meeting new friends.

Posted on October 15, 2017, in Life in France and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love the Cat Ladder. I don’t expect it is mice but it is sage to let him have the run of the place in case.

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  2. When we lived in California in a townhome setting, our cat loved to prowl the neighborhood at night. Curiosity…they don’t need a reason…it’s just their nature. Don’t “kill the cat!” Glad you provided an escape…very ingenious for middle of the night thinking!

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  3. duckandjunebug

    You are so kind, even to wandering cats.

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