Musings from Misha – What I Love About Spring


Gray tabby in a basket on a shelf
Misha in the shelf basket

Hi! I’m Misha, a Kansas City kitty, here to tell you a bit about why and what I enjoy about the emergence of Spring 2019. Since I was born in late April of 2018 this is really my very first experience with Spring.

Spring means bird watching

My wonderful human Mom has provided a few great things around our home that give me and my older sister Chloe the perfect environment. The first is our multi-level cat tree. Since Chloe was here first and is much older than me (she’s 11 years old and I just turned 1) we get along fairly well, as long as there is some space in between. I don’t want to be a mean mouth kitty, but she can be grouchy at times. Shhh, don’t tell her I said so.

A tortoiseshell cat and gray tabby on a cat tree watching birds
Chloe & Misha bird watching

I never knew there were so many different kinds of birds. Mom put out different feeders and a birdbath. We see red and yellow finches, black-capped chickadees, sparrows and wrens, and the last to come just before dark are the cardinals.

Anyway, this great cat tree allows us to each have our own perch to sit and watch the birds outside to big back window. It also has the posts covered with the sisal rope I love to scratch. Mom seems to prefer I scratch here rather than on the side of the sofa.

I like to scratch standing up on my back legs, on a vertical surface, while Chloe likes scratching on a flat surface. This cat tree gives us both places along with other scratchers Mom has added around the house.

Spring brings other animals too

The bird feeders also attract other animals that are really active and fun to watch. Squirrels are the best. Chloe and I make chirping sounds when we see squirrels at the feeders. This brings the Lucy the dog running, she has learned what it means when we make that noise. She stands at the back door and shakes all over. If Mom doesn’t come to open the door fast enough she begins to whine. When that door opens she takes off like a rocket and those squirrels jump about 4 feet from the feeder to the top of the fence to run away. Sometimes one will go one way and one another way and Lucy doesn’t know which one to chase. It’s all very exciting to observe!

There are even more animals that come out after dark. And after Mom is sleeping. There are raccoons, groundhogs, and once in a while even skunks. Mom doesn’t see them but somehow she seems to know when the skunks have been around. Maybe her nose actually works after all!

Spring flowers

I’m an indoors only kitty, but I do enjoy watching everything that goes on outdoors. When Mom goes outside I find the closest window where I can see her and try to understand what she’s doing. Lucy the dog usually goes out with her so I can watch her too.

Last fall Mom went out several times and dug holes in the ground and put little chunks into the holes and covered them up. Now that it’s Spring I know what those were, they’re called bulbs. They stay in the ground all winter and one by one in the spring they make flowers.

Pink and purple hyacinth blooms in a glass of water
Hyacinth blooms

First were the little crocus, white and purple. Next came the hyacinths, and they were pink and purple. Mom cut some and brought them inside. She says she likes the way they make the house smell. They didn’t interest me much.

She says next will be the tulips then lillies and last will be the peonies. I’m not sure why she gets so excited about these flowers but I guess after digging all those holes she’s just glad they grew.

Spring barbecue

Meat and chicken on the grill
Grilling supper

This is another activity Chloe and I can watch from our cat tree. It happens on the patio near the bird feeders but smells a whole lot better. Mom takes raw meat or chicken or fish outside to the black kettle on legs she calls the grill. After just a few minutes the smoke that comes out of that grill smells amazing. When she brings the food back inside she sometimes shares it with us and that’s about the best thing I’ve ever experienced. Chloe and Lucy think so too. What a great Mom we have!

So that’s what Spring means to me

There you have it. My musings about my first Spring. There are lots of different things to see, smell and taste in Spring compared to Winter. Although I can’t see all the different colors Mom can, I can sure smell the difference in Spring. The flowers don’t excite me but that grill is the best thing ever.

I don’t know what Spring means to you, so if you want to write and tell me about it I would like that a lot. Mom will read it to me, she promised.

Happy Spring from Misha!

(and KyleAnn)

18 thoughts on “Musings from Misha – What I Love About Spring”

  1. Dear Ann, When I’m on WA is the most beautiful post I’ve read. I understand you perfectly because I have 4 dogs and 18 cats; are part of my life and I can not imagine my life without them; it seems like you think like a cat as you told about Misha’s thoughts about spring; I also have a beautiful garden, blooming, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, my cats like it, walks among them and smells them; I would like to know you ; Have a beautiful spring and your pets too.


    1. Hello Carmen!

      Thank you for taking time to read my article, and for your kind words.

      You must have more space than I do, otherwise I would have more animals too! It sounds lovely that you and your furry companions share the enjoyment of your garden together.

      I wish you all a beautiful Spring!


  2. We are animal lovers too,and have two dogs,the elder Princess a black and tan mixed breed, is about five years old and Rex a black labrador/ sheep dog is about 18 months.

    They both get on well, but Rex is very lively, and loves to chase our two geese,(we have to stop him,} he also has learned amazingly to pull down the door handle and opens doors! 

    My daughter has a vegetable garden,but the geese eat everything green,so we have had to enclose it with a low fence.

    Is there not problems, with the cats going after the birds,and the squirrels?

    Our dogs also look forward to our barbecues,and at mealtimes,to get their scraps,.which they enjoy.

    1. Hello Robert!

      Thank you for taking time to read my article, and for your lovely comments.

      Your dogs sound like great fun, and very smart to open doors!

      My dog Lucy is a lab mix of about 11 years old now. She is a gentle soul and all the cats that have lived with us have adored her.

      My cats are indoors only so they can watch the birds and squirrels out the window but are not able to harm them.

      I hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Spring!


  3. This sounds so exciting and adventurous. I feel tickled by the theme. What an amazingly talented writer you are!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this article as you’ve provided us with lots of valuable information. This is the most extensive and comprehensive article i have ever read on this topic. I recommend for all pet lovers

    1. Hi Tracy!

      Thanks so much for your kind words, and for taking time to read my article. I’m grateful you feel like you gained something positive from it, and I’ll let Misha know!

      My animals have always been special to me, and when life was a little bit rough they really helped me out. The love and companionship they give are so unique to each one of them.

      I hope you enjoy your Spring wherever you are, and that you know the joy of having an animal in your life to love and care for if you don’t already.

      All the best!


  4. Nice article on Musings from Misha. This is an interesting article and I must commend you Ann for your love for pets, this is evident in your action in opening a blog for cat featuring Misha and Chloe. Both cats are lovely and seeing them bird watching is amazing and I can tell that is the feeling in the animal kingdom. No doubt they are really ready for the spring. I love spring too and spring means exploring the world and enjoying my vacation. Great job, great article.

    1. Hi Felicity!

      Thanks for taking time to read my blog and for your very kind comments. I’ll let Misha know!

      Yes I’m guilty of being an animal lover, and have been since I was given my first kitten at age 3. At one time (when I was younger and had more energy) I had cats, dogs and horses. Now that I’m older a couple cats and a dog are about all I can handle. But I can’t envision life without a furry companion.

      I wish you a great Spring and a wonderful vacation. And the love of an amazing animal if you haven’t experienced it.

      All the best!


  5. Love the cute kitty!  

     Spring to me means sunshine, changing foliage, flowers, and baseball.   Can’t wait for summer around the corner.   This cat seems very adventurous and ready for Spring!  I wonder how my dog interprets different seasons of the year? 

    Is this a blog for your cat?   What kind of cat? 

    1. Hi Zach!

      Yes Misha & Chloe are my 2 cats and Lucy is my dog. They all get along great and sleep on the bed with me every night. Chloe is a tortoise shell, age 11, and Misha is a gray tabby who just turned 1 year.

      This is my cat blog, hope to start one for dogs in the future.

      All my animals have been rescues and they make the best companions ever!

      Thanks for taking time to read my blog!

      All the best to you!


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