On this farm, cats are appreciated and are an actual necessity for keeping the rat and rodent populations in check.
We’ve tried once or twice to do without cats on our farm.
During our “cat free” periods, it was nice to be able to put out a bird bath or low hanging bird feeders and not worry that we were luring song birds to a sure and certain death.
It was also a relief to have a break from cats using my flower and vegetable gardens like a giant cat box. Is there a nastier garden surprise than digging up fresh cat poop while working in the bean patch?
Oh. And how could I forget the bales of hay that also receive plenty of cat poop during the winter when the snow covers the ground?
Or barfed up early morning messes on the front porch just waiting for bare feet?
But the fact is, whenever we’ve tried to go without cats we end up with trophy size rats. I’m talking giant jumbo humongous whoppers.
Sadly now that Tibby is gone, any hope for home grown summer kittens is gone too. I was so looking forward to her kittens.
Fortunately a local feed mill usually has free kittens. I went over yesterday and picked up 3 new kitties for the barn.
It’s a pretty nice arrangement for the community.
Local people drop off their unwanted or extra kittens at the mill and the mill takes care of them until someone comes along who needs them.
I picked 1 male and 2 females.
Once the new kitties have settled in I’ll worm the entire group. Hopefully there will be a low cost rabies clinic within the next couple of months and we should be all set to go into the autumn and winter without the burden of rats.