The politics of my garden wildlife has changed again as a fox has returned to the den in the leaf pile by my back fence.
I'm not sure if it is the same vixen who made her home there last winter and then gave birth to cubs in the spring or if it is one of her cubs, now grown to adulthood. Yesterday, however, a fox was clearly in residence once more and Sin, a stray cat who I recently started putting food out for, was looking for a new bed.
Sin has made it clear he would like to move into my house. I don't blame him; the weather has been below freezing lately. Unfortunately, I already have two indoor cats who don't get on at all well with Sin. Sin is a Tom cat and so are the two indoor ginger brothers, albeit neutered Toms.
When Sin and the Gingers meet face to face, fur flies. I photographed this meeting of moggies, with a window safely separating them, shortly after I photographed the fox above. There was much meowing, but at least they couldn't scratch each other's eyes out through the glass.
I am in a bit of a dilemma about what to do. I would like to make sure all the animals in my home and garden at least have a warm, dry bed and food. Sin now seems to have made a temporary home under an old piece of board propped up against the neighbour's fence, but that may not remain there forever. A friend suggested I buy a kennel for Sin, but knowing the contrariness of cats, Sin would probably ignore it.
The RSPCA will rehome strays, but I've got very fond of Sin and he seems to like my garden, so I'm reluctant to have him moved on. Any suggestions are welcome, so do leave a comment below.