Barn Cats

December 16, 2014 - Living Dangerously

I bought this bed for Precious, but Buttercup decided immediately that it was going to be his bed. The new puppy and I gave in to his “possession is nine-tenths of the law” decree and I put a towel down on the floor for Precious. She wanted to be in front of the fire, too!...
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July 30, 2013 - Buttercup

Buttercup is my oldest cat. He spends a lot of time sleeping. Not that this isn’t normal cat behavior, but he seems to spend more time sleeping than normal even for a cat. Maybe because he’s getting old. He’s 14 years old and has been with me longer than any other animal I’ve ever had....
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March 16, 2011 - The Cast of Cats

I have 10 cats. I didn’t start out to have 10 cats. I never thought I’d have 10 cats. But I have 10 cats. I’ve always loved cats. I never had one growing up, so the first thing I did when I was out on my own was get a cat. Over the years, I...
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December 27, 2009 - Revisited: The Dashboard Cat

I’m asked frequently about various long-ago posts and what happened afterward. Usually, these questions are asked in the comments, often in the latest post rather than the old post they were asking about. I answer in the comments, but not everyone reads the comments (and it’s especially hard for someone new to my site to...
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October 4, 2009 - The Sweetest Thing

Kitten and Little, now, and then, and now again. It’s a love without end, amen.

August 21, 2009 - Kitten’s Great Escape

The wide open world is calling. Kitten wants to be a big cat! Like all the rest! He wants to go outside and chase mice and run after birds and have big brave cat adventures. But he and Little are confined indoors. He’s been watching Spice. He knows she can open doors. He stalks her...
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July 15, 2009 - Spice the Wonder Cat

She might look adorable. She might even look downright innocent. But this is a wily coyote and the smartest cat I’ve ever had. She will work at anything she wants to do until she accomplishes it. And once she accomplishes it, she does it over and over and over….. Recently, I’ve been coming back to...
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July 5, 2009 - George?

Ross and his girlfriend brought this home on July Fourth. I think I should keep him and name him George Washington. You? He looks like a George. (Number Nine needs a playmate, ya know!!!! WHAT’S ONE MORE?)

June 2, 2009 - Kitten Drinking His Bottle

Someone asked me recently if I would write a how-to about posting video on a blog and using YouTube. I was surprised, actually, because I’m certainly no expert at using video, so I’m going to stop short of calling this any kind of tutorial. If you want expert advice about posting video on a blog...
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May 7, 2009 - You’d Think We Could Control Something the Size of Our Fists

The operation begins with gearing up. A thick towel. Gloves normally reserved for the quasi-Olympic sport of Extreme Snowball Fighting. The syringe…. ….and the cat milk. Number Nine (yeah, he doesn’t have a name yet) is too little. I said he was too little! But it was too late, they’d already taken him away from...
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May 2, 2009 - Number Nine & Company

Be honest. You would have taken this kitten home, too. Even if you already had eight cats. And six sheep, two goats (and a third on the way), two ducks (did I say two?), and 40-something chickens. Did I say 40-something chickens? I’ll explain. Oh, and by the way, there is something else coming. I...
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June 16, 2008 - When I’m a Cat

When I’m a cat, you will see me swishing my tail so artfully. If I get up, and only then, I will tackle my best cat friend. On the kitchen counter I’ll sprawl and spread my fur about for all. The porch in shade or even sun is where I’ll like to sleep when done....
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June 14, 2008 - Exercise in Futility

When people find out that I have eight cats, sometimes they ask me how I handle all the cat hair. As if I must be an expert and I have some secret for dealing with the flying fluff. Well, yes, yes, I do, I have a secret and I’m not going to tell you. Okay,...
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April 18, 2008 - Finding Sugar

This was the last time I saw her. It was March 21st. My cats are indoor-outdoor cats. Farm cats. I kept them inside for several days after we moved in then started letting them out again. Spice disappeared for a couple of days, until I heard her crying and pulled her out of a tangle...
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April 5, 2008 - My Sweet Spice

She was gone. For two days. I heard her meowing from a steep ditch where water runs off the hill, down to the river. I’d just taken a shower, but clean clothes and all, I went barrelling down the bank, sliding, hanging onto trees. I managed to coax her out of her hiding spot inside...
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February 22, 2008 - The Proper Way to Hold a Cat

Princess, bouncing into my bedroom after poring over old 4-H project books: I’m here to demonstrate the proper way to hold a cat! Me: Run, Buttercup! But, that quick, it was too late. He was in her arms, an experience equivalent in his mind to being captured in a dolphin net. You know, in the...
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August 3, 2007 - I Think This Could Be A Little Golden Book Story

Once upon a time there was a little kitten. She was black and her name was Desdemona. She lived in an old farmhouse in the country and her life was full of mice and birds and other cats to play with. One day, Desdemona saw her mistress getting ready for company. Her mistress, not thinking...
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June 28, 2007 - She Can Poop Wherever She Wants Today

Mama Fuzzball with her last kitten, Desdemona. We call her That Darn Fuzzball because she poops all over the house, making herself a most unwelcome guest, and it’s only her continued nursing of Desdemona not to mention the hole in the screen door that explains her presence at all anymore. I really didn’t think she...
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