Friday, 14 September 2007
Poor Toulouse has had it rough this week. Not only does he have to contend with the new kid, but he has found his neighborhood nemesis - the raccoon. Now Toulouse is fairly comfortable outdoors these days, and I'm sure has learned the ways of our neighborhood's creatures. What took us all by surprise the other night, was some very odd noises coming from Toulouse back room in the basement where his food, water and litter are kept (Anna has dubbed it the 'Toulouserie'). We go down, and there in teh midst of overturned food and litter is a less than friendly neighborhood Raccon. Now I know the whole story of these things being afraid of us, but they are rodents after all, so i tried to direct it back out side with the safety of a broom between us. It did leave quite eagerly when it realized that lunch was slightly more than free, but we now we find ourselves faced witha dilemma. And i put this to all the engineers (real and imagined... in fact the more imaginitive the better) how to invent a cat door that will allow Toulouse (and eventually Felix) full passage but keep out the Raccoons? My first thoughts include laser sensors, a second hand laptop, voice and image recognition software, 500watt lightbulbs and a pair of strap on kitty sized polarized sunglasses. Diagrams to follow.