This Best of Bogue column originally was published Nov. 17, 2009.
Dear Gary: Thanks for taking time to address my concerns in your column about my daughter's cat, who keeps coming back to my house from three miles away. I wanted to give you an update on the cat because I wrote to you.
Sure enough, he came back two more times and I just can't stand the thought of him crossing those two busy streets.
I talked to my daughter and she is good with it, too, so the cat is back home to stay.
As much as my daughter will miss him, she agreed that thinking about him trying to get to my house was more nerve-racking.
At least she has two other cats at her new place to keep her company and she knows her kitty is in good hands with "Grandma."
Dear Kathi: That was a good decision.
The cat survived and is now living where it obviously wants to live.
Thanks for doing that.
DEAR GARY: My husband and I are wondering if we should take our pumpkins out to a pasture or an open space so that the cattle, horses, or other wildlife can feed on them.
Or should we just toss them into the recycling container (green container)?
I am sure my husband would love a pumpkin pie, but
Joe and Lori P.
DEAR JOE AND LORI: Ranchers probably wouldn't like you to feed their livestock and I'm not sure there are any wild creatures that would think pumpkins are all that tasty.
It would be a shame to have to toss your pumpkins out, so why don't you donate them to some pie-loving humans?
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord, accepts nonperishable food and produce donations. You can call them at 800-870-3663, ext. 21, to find out more about what times and days they're open.
Anyone living in Santa Clara County can call the Second Harvest Food Bank at 408-266-8866 to see if they'll take your garden produce. If you're in San Mateo County, you can call the Second Harvest folks at 650-610-0800.
I'll bet your husband is drooling just thinking about all those soon-to-be pies.
DEAR GARY: I read about the cat returning to his former home in your column, and I remember reading about a cure.
Put butter on his paws at the new location, and he will lick away the scent of the old home.
Anonymous cat lover
DEAR ANONYMOUS: Putting butter on a cat's paws so it will lick away the scent of its old home unfortunately is an urban myth.
Dear Gary: My friend has a large lemon tree with a steady supply of lemons. As he watches a lemon ripen, readying for the harvest, something takes it just as it's perfect for the picking. Every time.
There is no evidence of rind on the ground, no obvious squirrel activity, no public access in a private yard.
He has taken to harvesting the lemons early
Dear Holly: Have your friend check his lemons first thing in the morning and just before dark so he can figure out when the lemons disappear. If something takes it at night, it's probably roof rats; during the day, probably squirrels.
Gary Bogue has retired after 42 years of writing this column. If you have animal-related questions, contact Joan Morris at email@example.com; or P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.