Despite the fact that we've been married for 20 years, Mr. B still prefers that I remove my boots and gloves before coming to bed.
lol. I sure get that. But, both of us had been working outside without boots, gloves. I bought 4 pair yesterday! (gloves)
My cats are a little different because they had to be in-house cats for 3 years. Before that they were just outside cats (barn cats). Here, they're in 7th heaven, don't know why they stay home or hide in trees when other cats come around, but maybe because we stay home too. The 12 yr. old used to bring huge rabbits home. I think she is retired.
Our neighbor has a three-ft. high stack of huge limestones stacked against the privacy fence between our houses and I think the snakes have a trail between his stonepile and our deck which is about 7 in. off the ground (perfect for all the neighbor's cat's sand box. This year we stapled a strip of wire fencing 'round it. Works great, at least for the cat poop.
People keep telling us that the cats will kill the snakes. Maybe I'll believe them.