Cat in Residence


This is Weston’s cat, Killer, aka the dashboard cat. This is his favorite spot, on the bannister at the top of the stairs.

Weston’s cat is a big responsibility because he’s Weston’s cat. Weston is very attached to his cat, and his cat is very attached to him. Previously, Killer spent most of his time outside unless Weston was home. When we first moved here, Weston was here and he kept Killer in the studio with a litter box, along with the other cats, for their “indoctrination period” to the new farm. Cats can be hard to move, and I like to keep them indoors at first before introducing them to their new outdoor space. My cats are indoor-outdoor cats for the most part, with a few that are strictly outdoor cats (and the strictly outdoor cats have now taken up living quarters in the hayloft). My indoor-outdoor cats are doing fine in the house and out of the house….

….except for Killer.

Killer has decided that he is an indoor cat. I’ve tried putting him out the door–and he stays at the door, with his furry face smashed against the glass, crying, for hours, until I let him back in. He will not step an inch away from the door. The other cats make fun of him and he doesn’t care.

I broke down and put a litter box in the house.

Killer lives here now.

On the bannister at the top of the stairs.

The End.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on December 15, 2011  

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  1. 12-15

    He’s GORGEOUS. :)

  2. 12-15

    OH, I love him. I wanna hug and hold him. :snuggle:
    Does Killer get milk when you bring in? Some cats like a little treat when the milk is fresh.

  3. 12-15

    I would have given up and let him in after fifteen minutes. He is beautiful.

  4. 12-15

    Humans can be difficult to train, but with persistence it can be done. Congratulations to Killer on his success.

  5. 12-15

    LOL I love whaledancer’s comment. So true!

    Killer looks a lot like my Maine Coon that decided to be an outside cat. We rarely see him anymore. He was my baby. Err I mean my sweet loving good kitty.

  6. 12-15

    Cats usually get their way….one way or another. Mine does! :devil:

  7. 12-15

    He’s like a cat gargoyle at the top of the stairs! lol

    I think we need a post where we come up with captions for his photo….

    Like “It’s about time this woman realizes I’m the one in charge here”.


  8. 12-15

    That first picture makes my legs tingle…I HATE heights! lol I wish I could find the pic a friend of mine took of the “nest” they make in the hayloft for their cats. They stack the hay around a box for them deep in the pile. It’s so cozy!

  9. 12-15

    I will bet that within 4 months he is back to being indoor/outdoor. What do you say, $5? My cat did the same thing – it was only after about 5 months that I knew he was truly comfortable with the new place.

  10. 12-15

    Killer has heard you talking about that free gas heat & has decided to have his share of it….and heat rises, I’ll bet he finds it quite nice up on his bannister.
    Just wait till the rest of them find out about that new indoor plumbing, nobody will be wanting to go outside anymore.
    Killer looks just like my 18 year old Flossie….I Loooove cats :yes:

  11. 12-15

    I love this little story. How like a cat named Killer to live at the top of the stairs and want a litter box. And on the bannister,no less, so he can survey all of his domain.

  12. 12-15

    He’s obviously decided that’s the best spot to watch for Weston to come home again. What a devoted lovey boy. :yes:

  13. 12-15

    Adorable! I’m thinkig if you want Killer to go out, you should put the milk outside. But hes so cute and happy on the banister I think hes saying theres no place like home! :reindeer:

  14. 12-15

    He’s a cutie. But consider yourself lucky. I’ve got six “barn” kitties that stand at my door with pathetic faces!

  15. 12-15

    You don’t own cats, cats own you.

  16. 12-15

    Oh, my heart aches~~~that sweet baby kitty looks just like my Tiger did!!!! I just want to grab him and hold him forever.

  17. 12-15

    Do you need another one? I’ve got three — three generations, actually. Ranger, her daughter Boots and Boots’s son, Mo. I just had Mo neutered last year (the girls are spayed). They’re a very close knit family. Well, a big (but young) black Tom Cat showed up at our farm (we’re 4 miles away from anyone). Mo did not like the idea of another male so he kept chasing him and beating him up. I felt sorry for him. I didn’t want to take him to the shelter because black cats don’t have much of a chance there. Didn’t want to set him out somewhere else, so I caught him. Literally, in a trap. He wanted to be part of the family, but he would only come within hands reach and would not let you pet him, but he purred and meowed when I talked to him. Now, I have him in a rabbit cage in my kitchen. I’m trying to get them used to each other, but he must be neutered. I’m hoping that once that happens, maybe Mo will chill out a little, but I’m not very hopeful. So, anyone want a beautiful solid black cat. I’ll even get him neutered for you! :lol:

  18. 12-15

    I think Weston will be very satisfied, knowing that Killer has finally convinced you of his (the cats)lordly stature and where he is to reign!

  19. 12-15

    Cats know all the secrets. And they transmit them in real time to their true masters out in outer space. No, really! Just watch closely!

    No offense to dogs, though — I like them as well — but cats are more subtle.

    At this stage in our lives we have two cats. They provide hours of fun to watch because, let’s face it, much of their behavior is based on false assumptions on their part. They are like politicians in that regard.

    Also — cats = easy to keep. Ours can go three days without human intervention. Change the litter, fill the food dishes, and you’ve got another three days — perfect for cat sitters to come in every so often when you are traveling.

    Not sure it’s so easy with ten of them, however.

    But I’m kinda sad about Boomer. I think that the video of Boomer and Annabelle cavorting in the old yard is one of the best vids on the web. I’ll bet Annabells misses him too.

    But that’s not the sort of fun behavior you’d see from a cat.

  20. 12-15

    He looks just like my Maine Coon Cat, Moose. Moose would stand on the porch and scream to be let back in if I put him out!

  21. 12-15

    Merino Mama….are we close geographically? ’cause I’m in need of a barn cat, I decided yesterday…and the beautiful black kitty sounds like a good match. I’m a bit concerned about having a cat who never comes in, but I think that’s supposed to be how it works with a barn cat!

  22. 12-15

    Suzanne you needed a Keeper of the Hearth and he decided to be it. Who knows – maybe when spring comes the call of the Great Outdoors will prove too much for him to resist. I can’t blame him for wanting to spend winter indoors. Smart cat and beautiful too.

  23. 12-15

    Is it me or does that cat kinda look like Weston ?

  24. 12-15

    He is so beautiful he just warms your heart with that face of his.
    He has gone to heaven and he’s not leaving NO WAY NO HOW!!!!!!!

  25. 12-15

    You big softy!

  26. 12-15

    I really am not a cat person but…I could allow this cat to be at my place! there’s just ssomething about that face.
    BTW…you do know this is a childrens book waiting to be written…just sayin’

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