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
After all the time and energy I put into creating the cat shelves (along with my awesome husband’s help), I still get excited when I see a cat using them.
Borgia enjoying the hammock
I’d nap up there if I was a cat
This morning we made arrangements to pick Watson up and bring him home. After spending some time with Watson, the vet and I discussed Watson’s medical issues and medications.
Waiting for me to take him home.
I was very eager to get Watson home so I could introduce him to his foster family. I told him all about the six kittehs, the doggie, and his foster daddy.
You can’t help falling in love with this guy.
Watson is our fifth foster dog and this has been the easiest introduction yet! I am SO PROUD of our dog Marley; she handled the introduction like a pro. So far, Watson has only met 2 of the 6 cats (2 of the 3 house cats). The cats had no problem with the casual sniffing and Watson hasn’t been interested in them since. I suspect a couple of the barn cats will introduce themselves this evening when they attempt to sneak into the house (nightly ritual).
Someone needed a nap.
After introductions outdoors, exploring indoors (the main part of the house), and crate training (tossing treats into the open crate), it was time for Watson to take a nap. It feels really great to have him sleep by me as I sit in the recliner. I look forward to his time here with us and sharing the experience with you.
I am happy to announce that Edna was adopted today. We met Edna’s new mom at a park in McMinnville, OR this afternoon. After introductions were made, we shared a lot of Edna’s important information and answered any questions. We followed Golden Bond’s rule of separating potential adopter from the foster dog for one hour (when the 2 parties live far apart, otherwise it’s 24 hours) before going through with the adoption. This time apart gives both parties a better chance to make more sound decisions, not one based solely on emotions because the cute dog is giving you “the look.”
When the hour was up, we made the adoption official. Papers signed, payment collected, harnesses and tags swapped, and I helped fit Edna’s new harness and Gentle Leader. At the end, Edna got into her new vehicle where we said our goodbyes. As sad as it is to let Edna go, we know she is going to a great home with someone who will treat her as a family member and give her the love and attention she desires.
Thank you Edna for being a sweet, quiet girl. Thank you Edna’s mom for giving Edna a home to call her own. I’m sure you will give Edna the best years of her life. Enjoy your time together.
Edna is going to meet a lovely lady tomorrow who MIGHT be her new Mama! We are very hopeful and prepared (as much as possible) to see Edna go to her forever home. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Cooper hanging out on garage roof
There is something special about cats being outdoors. Perhaps it’s seeing them in a different environment or how quickly they come and go. I get a big smile when I see a Roof-Kitteh, no matter which cat is looking down on me. On occasion, I will walk out our back door and hear someone calling out but I don’t see anyone. I then look up and see a face peeking over the edge of the gutters. There’s been a handful of times that a Roof-Kitteh caught me off guard and got my adrenaline going.
The sweetest thing witnessed was a less confident cat up on the roof trying to figure out how to get down. He was pacing and talking while another cat was on the ground waiting. The cat on the ground decided to get on the roof with the other cat and then demonstrate how to get down. Next thing you know, both cats are back on the ground.
I have heard stories about cats being stuck in trees, even cartoons show firemen rescuing scared kittehs. Never did I imagine that I would witness my own cat being rescued.
A couple years ago, my husband returned from walking our dogs to notify me that our smallest barn cat, Benny, was up in a tree by our barn. This wasn’t a small tree, and he was at least 50′ up and no where near the top of that tree (imagine a tree in a forest). The other barn cats were hanging out around the tree for moral support and I did what I could do for the little guy. I hung out by this tree talking to him. I brought down a bowl of his kibble, then canned wet food. I had other tasks to handle, so I decided to leave the area in hopes he would come down if I wasn’t present.
Keep in mind, this is a semi-feral barn cat. He’s skittish but still seeks out attention when it suits him. That evening I stepped outside our front door to listen for him. Each time I went outside I heard him crying out, and it broke my heart. On the second day I discovered some neighbor walking his German Shepherd off-leash on the property next to ours. The owner made a comment about seeing the cat yesterday and I made the assumption that his dog scared our cat up the tree. This data made the situation even more serious. If the dog is what Benny was scared of, and it’s coming around daily, Benny wasn’t likely to calm down enough to make it down the tree.
Unfortunately Benny picked a tree that didn’t have low branches that he could easily jump down on. He would have to go STRAIGHT down. He was also up way too high for any of our huge ladders. Benny stayed another night up in that tree. Thankfully the windstorm didn’t cause him to fall.
On day 3 I decided to contact a logger who we’ve done business with to see if he’d be willing and able to rescue our boy. No luck, but he did offer another person who might be help us. He did say that in his line of work, he has discovered dead cats in trees (they don’t always come down on their own). It took two more calls to get a hold of a guy who had experience with rescuing cats from trees. For $60 he would come out in a couple hours and attempt to rescue our boy.
With spiked boots, he climbed the tree, grabbed Benny and lowered him back to the ground in a cat carrier. I am very thankful to him for rescuing our scared kitteh.
Anyone wondering why the title of this blog post is “Benny Boots”? One day I was walking around our property and I was hearing Benny crying out. After spending a good ten minutes searching for him, my husband and I determined the noise was coming from my wet boots…they were squeaking. False alarm, no cat rescue needed.