I have been moving debris today......... Nearly got it done...
I uncovered this vine in the ground on the back of the enclosure ground today. I'm leaving it in the ground. Looks interesting.. But see the problems we will encounter when we put the fence here.... Juan says we can do it. He says he knows how.... The rocks, or at least one of the rocks is unmovable. Not sure how deep it is but it stays. I just thought of something. I can hang swing toys from the vine.... They'll like that.
This is the rest of the debris I still have to move. It is mostly rocks now as I have been working on it for a couple weeks. But there is also an old burn pile from the previous owner that I have also been working on. This pile used to be about 4' tall of pure trash...... There were rafters there, 4 huge tree stumps that I only finished pulling out today with the truck. It was bad.. That little dirt mound on the left side stays. It's going to be their hill.... I planted rye grass in the kitty hill today.... The wooded area on the top and top left of this pic will eventually be cleared. It is in a bad way but not real deep. If you look through the trees you can see our yard. We have lush grass up there. I want to get the grass to grow to the top end of the enclosure as well.... To cut back on snakes. That area is probably a snake den. I've been lucky so far and have not seen any in this area. But that area worries me. I lift my feet high and watch when I put my feet down.... We are putting tiny wire around the entire bottom of the enclosure. 1/4 inch wire. The other sides of the enclosure are the front yard which is clear. And then the back side I have cleared up to approx 20 feet so I can see the ground and so the woods will not be directly against the fence for the cats.. We have a slight cliff back there and eventually we are goign to blow leaves to the this area and burn them. But that's another project when we work on the dog part. What we have cleared beyond the enclosure will work. I am going to put mothballs all around the enclosure as well. And possibly fresh burnt ashes. All animals are afraid of fire.
This is what is left of the actual trash/burn pile... It has dirt on it... I have to sift it and get all the metal and glass out of it.. I have found whole light bulbs, long metal strips, shingles, rusty metal cans, nails, wire and all sorts of things that are harmful.... It has to be done.. I can't not do it since the cats are going to use this ground.
I can't hardly wait to see them out there playing..... It is going to be so exciting!!! I am getting more and more excited as I see the ground shaping up....... All of this area has good drainage too... Has a slight slope with a few level places... And it also has gravel from the drilling from the well. It was essentially liquid rock and this was where it drained. That is the white area on the ground. I plan on rocking the sides of this for a makeshift sidewalk area. I am goign to put a few shelters on this portion for them along with our picnic table.
It won't be long before we can start framing it in....... I have been working as hard and fast as I physically can... Juan is walking around whistling as he watches me working covered in filth and muck.... I have never been happier......
And you know, all the cats have been country cats before except Jimmy...... They have all ran loose and had grass..... But Jimmy was a city cat in a bad neighborhood. He is going to be in shock...... The enclosure we have now does not have grass... And it's small. This is going to be a whole new world to him.... I will enjoy so much taking his pictures in this enclosure as he explores the ground and smells new smells.. I went to Springfield this morning to buy 60 lbs of cat food and got him a long toy with a purple feather on it. I am going to try to entice him to play later..... maybe I can get a pic of doing it..... Elly told me he likes them.. I haven't played with the cats much lately as I have been working but I just had to get this.... I've been loving on them but haven't played. There is a difference.
I am at a loss as to what type of shelter to build them. I am seriously considering building them a couple of natural cedar shelters..... The type that deer hunters use in the woods... But only low to the ground but built up slightly for drainage.... Low for body heat. I'm not worried about them freezing in the winter because every single one of them comes inside when it's cold..... or when they get cold.. They like sitting and watching the rain however.
Here is a better view of the woods I want to cut down... I want to be able to mow on all sides of the enclosure....... without fear of getting bit by something.
And here is their big cedar tree. My little spruce looks so tiny in comparison..... It's just a little baby tree. We are going to reinforce the top of the enclosure under this tree so if a branch falls, it won't crash through.