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
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!