Autumn Haiku

Can it be explained
The vine tickles my tortitude
My senses entranced

Haiku by Scout

A cheekful of Autumn Vine

Can you feel it? Can you hear it? The crisp cool air, the captivating frisson of colour everywhere and the crispy crunch of ‘leaf Fall’. But the bugs are leaving and Mr Spider is about to pack his bags goodbye so what’s a kitty to do? Well, perhaps spend more time at the indoor watering hole or do more laptop time. But if you’re an outdoorsy kind of cat that also loves silver vine (Actinidia Kolomikta), then you’d be wise to spend your mornings claiming your spot. What’s so special about the silver vine plant during the Fall? The twigs are exposed when the leaves fall making them more attractive and accessible to kitty noses. Not a cat goes by without stopping in their tracks and rubbing against the vine, spreading a cheekful of pure vine goodness on their fur.

Old grandpa Earl Grey Ninhsy and Scout get their share of vine loving at the vine corner of the catio.

  • Senior cat jumps from rampJump my old boy, jump!
    Confident and sure-footed
    You are amazing!
  • perfect landing for senior catDignity intact
    A graceful purrfect landing
    With a spring in your stride
  • cat sniffs silver vine twigsInvigorated!
    Scented twigs my nostrils flair
    I feel like I'm home
  • cat loves the smell of silver vineI've forgotten the vet
    The Silver Vine calls me home
    I am here to stay
  • Cat out on the catwalkCool tortie walks by
    She seeks vine twigs a plenty
    Enough for me alone?
  • Scout the cat loves the vineCan it be explained
    The vine tickles my tortitude
    My senses entranced
  • Scout the cat contemplatesI think long and hard
    The leaves go but the twigs remain
    Even in the snow
  • Scout lying on the catio floor with leafOh marvellous leaf!
    Our kitchen floor is too bare
    Time to decorate!


Watch the one minute video below where Scout enjoys walking the circumference of her catio.

What are your kitties’ extra curricular activities like during these colder days? Are they doing more laptop time snuggling with you or do you have some outdoor adventurous types in your kitty lair? Chirp us a line below!

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Chirpy Cats

We are ten cheeky chirpy felines sharing our space with two humans who adore us. We love to share tips on helping cats live enriched lives with their people and other fun cat stuff.


  • It was in the 40s when we got up this a.m., and the kitties have spent most of the day competing for sun puddles. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  • Such lucky kitties to have a paradise like the catio. We know it is cold by how many kitties we wake up with in bed.

    • Yes we do! They really put on a show in the summer when the leaves apices turn white and pink and they bear little kiwi fruits. But most of all, the cats adore it! 😸

  • Is dat a silvervine plant? MeOW, where do you get it. We would luv to grow us one. Ya’ll sure are blest.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  • Hi, just coming over from CatWisdom101 where I saw your guest post. Love your catio! We have lots of catnip in our garden, but we don’t let our cats outside anymore for safety issues. The neighborhood cats come over to party! I bring clippings and plants inside for our cats. I would love to grow silvervine. Lemmon grass is a nice idea for people and cats too.
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

    • Hi there and thanks for dropping by. I can just imagine how the neighbours’ cats must love the catnip! And yes, we love the lemongrass too, in fact, it’s one of the cats’ favourite after catnip and the silver vine 🙂
      You are a very good looking bunch!

  • Oh! You kitties are so lucky! We love silvervine! Purrs from the Zee/Zoey gang

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