Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Life of Barn Cats

When Husband and I married, the one thing we vowed that we would NOT have, would be a cat. Never - Ever. Then we got chickens. And needed cats. You know....to keep the critters at bay that want to eat the things in the chicken yard and grain and what-not. I prayed for a cat. Really, I did. Because I wanted the Lord to send me one that desperately needed a home because it would spend it's life outside, in the barn, year round. Enter Sunshine, an answer to prayer. If you read the link attached to her name, you'll see why there's now seven. It's just a number. It's not who I am (smirk). I haven't reached crazy cat lady status....maybe.

The plan was that they would live in the barn. That was the plan. But JUST LOOK at how cute they were!



Their momma left them so often...how can cuteness like this possibly be left in a barn, with no momma? So I brought them inside they came inside. Not everyone was on board at the time (ahem), but let's just fast forward to the present, shall we?

They are hunters. There is no doubt about it. They hunt like cheetahs. Just look at those paws. What could possibly escape from cats with thumbs?


They stay out all night and sleep ALL day. ALL day. One would think I have lazy cats until you look around the outside of the house and notice all the corpses from the nightly hunts.

Peanut and Penelope - sleeping.


Piper - sleeping.


Priscilla - sleeping.


Samson the Great - sleeping.


Seven the Last - sleeping.

All sleeping. Except Sunshine. Who knows where she goes during the day. The problem is that now that the weather has warmed up, they've brought home dozens of 'friends' with them. Ticks. It's like a bad horror movie. This is going to be a bad year for ticks. They've been covered with them, not in them, but just clinging to the cats waiting to come in to feast on me, I think. We have to be vigilant to pick them off as the cats come in in the morning.

I'm in need of something natural, that actually works. Maybe picking them off is the only natural way of doing this. I've done a lot of reading on the use of flea and tick preventatives and the effects they have on humans. It is not good. Not good at all. I'm thinking of dusting them with diatomaceous earth, but have to do more research on that to make sure it's not going to dry their skin out too much. Thoughts would be appreciated.

I hope you like the photos of my 'barn' cats!
Enjoy the day-

This post linked to Farm Girl Friday #54, Homestead Helpsand the Barn Hop.




14 comments:

  1. I just let you a post but received an error message -- so this might be duplicate.

    Your cats are adorable! I have a big mouser that sleeps in the house at night and hunts all day! :o)

    Thank you for visiting me!

    Love,
    Beth

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    1. Sometimes when I leave messages for other bloggers that happens too. I'm glad you tried again. That is too funny that your cat is the opposite and sleeps at night! I think our are attracted to the sounds of the lake at night. It is not quiet! Lots of critters out there.

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  2. Wow! You really captured the life of a cat in your photos! We are " cat-less" at this time, but I had them for years! I love em too! Great story!

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  3. Oh, my, I have had my share of "Barn-House" cats, too. They look like they are living a pretty good life! How sweet. Don't have a big tick problem in Colorado, hope you find an answer.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. They certainly are living the good life! No tick problem in Colorado? Nice. I live close enough to where the Lyme in Lyme Disease came from!

      Now that I think about it...we (Daughter and I) went to camp in the Rocky Mountains last summer and went hiking in the woods every day...no ticks that I can remember.

      Thanks!

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  4. I swore I wouldn't have cats either-ahem-well, I live on a farm and it's just a natural. I brought some abandoned kitties in the house and each of my 4 girls claimed one for her room! I eat my words more often than I'd like to admit.:) I highly recommend Diatomaceous Earth for killing mites and fleas, but I don't really know what it does with ticks. It wouldn't dry out their skin, but I'd get a food grade in case they lick it off. It can't hurt you like the poisonous dusting powders. I used one on a kitten, many years ago,and got very sick afterwards. I'm amazed the kitten survived. I vowed not to use that stuff again. A good site for DE is earthworks.com. It's also an interesting website to read.

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    1. I sure do appreciate your input as someone who has used it! Thanks - and I will check out that site too.

      Eating our words isn't such a bad thing...we really just change our mind - lol!

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  5. You have cats with thumbs! You need to see this Cravendale Milk commercial on YouTube! LOL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6CcxJQq1x8

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    1. THAT was absolutely hysterical! Oh my. One of our girls can open a door...that has a door knob. It's an old door knob, so it's a little looser than the new ones.

      Thanks for sharing that video - too funny.

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  6. Love those pictures! Our two cats bring us so much joy....just like yours do! Aren't they just adorable when they are babies?

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    1. They are definitely hard to resist when they're babies!

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  7. Oh what wonderful pictures! They look incredibly contented. My husband said we'd never have a cat either. (We have one now.) :)
    I dust my cat with a bit of diatomaceous earth every so often and I rarely see ticks on him. He's outside most of the time unless there's a bad rain or snowstorm! (We had him inside, but he was a wild kitten my daughter rescued from a pack of dogs and he's just happier outdoors.)

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    1. Thanks Jan! Yes, they are much happier outside. They are free to be as wild as they like instead of climbing up the curtains inside.

      Thanks for letting me know your experience with diatomaceous earth! I appreciate it.

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