This time of year, everyone can use a reminder to look out for cats around their vehicles. I tap on the hood in hopes of scaring a cat away from our vehicle. So far, I haven’t found any of our cats (including barn cats) this way but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop checking.
Time to curl up next to the fireplace and enjoy some catnip
If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.
Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells 😉
Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.
Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.
Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy
My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath
Petsmart Christmas Cat
Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…
…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!
Barn? What barn?
It has been close to 15 months since Tully went from being a semi-feral barn cat to a house cat. We have put in a lot of time and energy (remember those home-made cat shelves?) into making Tully a confident house cat.
As you can see, Tully is living it up indoors! This fall, our little love bug has discovered how awesome our pellet stove is. So, if he’s not in his favorite bed or couch he is likely in front of the pellet stove keeping warm.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:
Benny on the front porch
- Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
- All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
- Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
- Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
- The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me 😉
Benny and Danny wanting inside
Benny is HOME! I had to tell you ASAP because I can’t contain my joy. I heard him crying outside so I opened the door for him. I’ll give more info later, but he appears uninjured and has lost a decent amount of weight (good thing he was a plump barn cat). Benny will be staying indoors for at least a few days to make sure he’s eating, drinking and litter box is normal. Let the TLC begin!
I’m sad to report that our barn cat Benny was last seen on Wednesday (Nov 11th) and we miss him so much.
Benny won’t be remembered as a dedicated hunter (kind of hard to hunt critters when you are trying to sneak into our house). When I think of Benny, I remember his desire to eat, looking after his sick buddy Tully, and giving me hugs.
I will never forget you Benny.
I don’t know about your cats, but mine can be noisy during sleeping hours. Borgia was the worst because she used to squeak her paws on our closet door mirror. Our solution has been to create The Cat Room. Outsiders would call it a guest room since it has a queen size bed in it, but WE know who the room belongs to.
The Cat Room has always included kitty essentials: food, water, litter boxes, beds, scratchers, cat tree and toys. For my amusement, I added kitty inspirational art work that included every house cat’s superheros… tigers and lions! Recently, I decided to get rid of the tacky tiger and lion framed posters and put up artwork that spoke to me:
I hung this glorious framed print above the cat’s litter boxes.