Ruby and the Leaves


Today’s post title sounds like the name of an indie rock band, doesn’t it! Ruby has become fascinated with the first dried up leaves that have been blowing onto our deck for the last few days. To me, they’re a sad reminder that summer is coming to an end soon, but to Ruby, they’ve been a source of endless entertainment, as you can see in the video below.

Ruby: What leaves? Can’t you see that these things are alive? They’re running and jumping all over the deck! I must vanquish them! Wee!!!!

Allegra: You’re such a silly goose, Ruby.

Ruby: Sheesh, Allegra, I though you knew everything. I’m not a goose, I’m a cat!

Allegra: sighs.

Interestingly, Ruby shows absolutely no interest in the leaves when I bring a few inside for her.


And in case you’re wondering about the scratching post she is sitting on, it’s the new Scratching Beam from the Felix Katnip Tree Company, which we recently reviewed. It has become Ruby’s favorite spot for some early morning birdwatching.

16 Comments on Ruby and the Leaves

  1. monica ackerman
    September 19, 2015 at 3:15 am (5 years ago)

    So cute the way she paws at the window. My daughter’s cat Winston does that to their patio door every time one of his humans goes outside. He also meows with a very sad little voice. He does love to get out the front door and rolls in the sand where their landscaping will go. He doesn’t run, just relishes the sand I guess. One of us has to go outside and scoop him up and he’s perfectly happy to be back inside. Weird. If my Charlie gets out accidentally he takes off in a flash and won’t come back until he’s done exploring. One time he even brought a friend back with him, a stray I had never seen before. So cute.

    • Ingrid
      September 19, 2015 at 5:46 am (5 years ago)

      I wonder whether your daughter’s cat thinks the sand in her yard is the world’s biggest litter box! 🙂

  2. Caren Gittleman
    September 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm (5 years ago)

    she is totally precious!!! Cody stands and scratches like that at our patio window, it cracks me up!! He does it with NO leaves there lol!
    Where in the world did you get those gorgeous lavender colored chairs? I LOVE them!!

    • Ingrid
      September 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm (5 years ago)

      The chair came from Harris Teeter (a grocery store chain in our area.) I think I paid $15 for it! 🙂

  3. Marilia
    September 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm (5 years ago)

    beautiful video!!

  4. Mason Canyon
    September 16, 2015 at 10:55 am (5 years ago)

    So cute, love the video.

  5. Sue Brandes
    September 16, 2015 at 8:58 am (5 years ago)

    Aww your video is so cute.

  6. Janine
    September 16, 2015 at 7:43 am (5 years ago)

    Outside things are always so interesting for our kitties.

  7. Cindy & Pipers
    September 16, 2015 at 6:29 am (5 years ago)

    A friend had an used playpen and one day she filled it with a bunch of leaves and put her cats in it. It was a riot. They got to experience the crunch of the leaves. It became a tradition with her. It was before the time of cell phone videos sadly. 🙁

    Piper prefers the squirrels that come to frolic in them and taunt her when she is inside. She too has no interest when I bring them in. She prefers the ones in my decorations. 😉 Cats!

  8. Dorothy
    September 16, 2015 at 6:22 am (5 years ago)

    Perhaps it’s not so much the leaves she wants to vanquish, but the wind that drives them?

  9. Laura
    September 16, 2015 at 3:12 am (5 years ago)

    Ruby is beautiful! How fascinated we become of cats who are fascinated!

    • Ingrid
      September 16, 2015 at 5:43 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Laura!

  10. Summer
    September 16, 2015 at 1:59 am (5 years ago)

    I just noticed! Ruby has that one big, white whisker in the same place Binga does!

    • Ingrid
      September 16, 2015 at 5:44 am (5 years ago)

      I call it her “philosopher’s whisker,” Summer. 🙂 Allegra has one, too. Maybe it’s a tortie thing?

      • Cristy tripp
        September 16, 2015 at 9:41 am (5 years ago)

        My tortie has one white whisker too! Interesting

  11. SafePetHaven
    September 16, 2015 at 1:18 am (5 years ago)

    Adorable video clip! Mine are the opposite regarding leaves; they don’t care what’s going on outdoors but if a leaf gets tracked in? Oh MY — game ON!


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