The Trouble with Cats

The trouble with cats is they just keep coming. We were given some very good advice from the people who owned a barn in which I was boarding our two horses. She told me when you buy a farm do not get a cat they will just come. Oh boy was she right! Cats just started showing up and then there were people who dump whole litters of kittens into the bush or at the top of your driveway and leave them to starve. Than I would spend the next three hours trying to coax them out of the bush before they were eaten. Contrary to popular belief that cats will survive just fine if you dump it on a farm is a myth. Most farm cats live to be four if there lucky.  First there is the usual hazard of the road than there are other creatures who find cats quite tasty stray dogs, fox, coyote’s and Fischer (weasel like creature) just to name a few. Than there is the problem of reproduction.  A female kitten left outside will probably be pregnant around 6 to 8 months old.  Some won’t go back into heat until they have fully weaned their kittens some cats are pregnant again before they finish weaning kittens. Than there are the tom cats of the barns they spend all their energy chasing females and fighting other males for territory and females. They spend very little time eating and lots of time feeding and breeding. We have one barn cat named Noah who comes home about once a month to eat and sleep for two days than he’s gone again. We started spaying and releasing the females but it gets expensive. Right now I have  seven girls waiting to be spayed but if I leave them unchecked we would have 50 cats. In the last two years we have made it a mission to catch the kittens and find homes for them . I know they have a secure future and a much better life in a family and when you take one into your house you are really saving a life. Now when most people think of  a barn cat they think of them as scrawny disease ridden wild and mean and nothing could be further from the truth. Our cats are spoiled get fed a mix of wet and dry food. At night we lock up ours in the  hay lofts so they are less likely to be eaten. This winter there was a cat who had a litter in our car tent we tried to get all the girl kittens but no matter how hard I tried I could not catch her. So Shylow and Shadey Lady both had litters. This gets so frustrating when they are not your cats but you know if you do  nothing there will be twice as many cats in eight weeks . If left unchecked they will breed faster than rabbits. So please if you have a cat please spay and neutered it. For those of you who are looking for a kitten why not take a drive north of Toronto stop in small towns and look on bulletin boards and you will see notices advertising for free kittens that need a home. The local humane societies and the pounds will not take them because they are so overloaded with cats as it is. So if you are reading this and are looking for a kitten please let me know we will gladly deliver to you. I will end this article with some pics of this year kittens in need of a home and some pics of the cats we have already spayed and neutered that live on our farm







About mechristandchronicdisease

Poet, dreamer, writer who lives on ten acre farm shared with Husband and soulmate along with numerous furry four footed creatures. Passionate about Jesus Christ and the way he can transform a life.
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3 Responses to The Trouble with Cats

  1. Marc-André says:

    So many cute kittens if only I had more space (have 2 already)

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