Darn Farm Cats of All Colors

All I can seem to talk about these days are the farm cats. Maybe it’s because in comparison, my life seems dull right now.

According to my momma, I need to get used to that, but I don’t want to so I follow the farm cats around when life seems lackluster.

Remember me talking about Orange Kitty and how he beats up on my sweet little Gray Kitty (once-upon-a-time named Cole but it didn’t stick at all) and how it makes me mad?

Demon Tom Cat

Demon Tom Cat

Well, after one too many times of peeing in Country Man’s shed, and beating up my farm cat, we decided it was time he go.

P.S. Have you ever seen the damage a tomcat does when he marks his territory? It’s skunk-like.

Anyway…  Country Man used to shoot tomcats for being a nuisance, but a woman has softened him and now Orange Kitty gets a second shot at life.

So Country Man trapped him – after two failed attempts of finding the cage with Black Kitty, unimpressed – and he took Orange Kitty seven miles west and said good riddance.

South Dakota Kitty

Black Kitty not impressed

But who do you suppose showed up four days later, lurking by hay bales and dog food?

Orange Kitty.

I will never leaveee!

Apparently he’s used to us as well and managed to find his way east. That is one determined cat.

You’d think now would be a good time to shoot him, since he keeps beating up on Gray Kitty and peeing on property and not taking the hint to leave already , right?

It’s the thrill of the fight.

Wrong.

You’d be wrong.

We are so weak.

Orange Kitty is on a path toward physical emasculation, where our  hopes and dreams of him not peeing in the shed or hurting our cats soar high. Our cat-loving animal vet and his wife think fixing him will be no problem at all. “I’ll just use a long needle,” he says.

Tell me, have we all gone crazy?

Two of the votes think not…

Actually, yes, you have. Off with his head already!

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24 thoughts on “Darn Farm Cats of All Colors

  1. Of course you’re not crazy! You should not go around shooting cats for acting like cats. Fixing him is the logical conclusion. Wow. Shooting Orange Kitty would not even have entered my mind.

  2. Somehow if you do not cover the cage when transporting a cat, they can remember the way back, perhaps try with a blanket over the cage next time if there is a next time and also try a different direction from the last trip too…heh…

  3. Wow, that Orange Cat looks MEAN! I can see why you’d be wary of him, but perhaps “fixing” him will change his evil ways. Well, here’s hoping?? (But I’d take him 15 miles off next time!)
    Happy spring!!

    • Thank you! I am sure hoping fixing him will tame him down a bit. When tomcats urinate, they spray their pee, so it went all over walls, chairs, tables, etc. in his shed. And it has an odor strong as a skunks, There was a lot of Pinesol-ing going on, and then he came back. Really hoping this does the trick – he should be going in to the vet today since he was trapped last night in the shed!

  4. Hoping for a successful resolution to Orange Kitty’s demonic ways! And here’s to peace and comfort for Grey Kitty. Prediction: future post with the 2 of them being friends … and causing havoc? 🙂 MJ

  5. We have one cat that for the past year and a half sometimes frequents our fields and our barn. I have no idea if it comes from a nearby farm or if it is completely feral. It wants nothing to do with us. Luckily, we’ve not experienced what prompted you to attempt relocation and then fixing. I’m so far grateful for the rodent control (though I think he got a pheasant a week or so ago too) and I’d much rather have this cat hanging out in the barn than to have all the neighborhood raccoons shacking up in there.

    • He wouldn’t be so terrible if he wasn’t such a tomcat. Killing pheasants is another good reason to get rid of them around here. But we have two great, domesticated outside farm cats with shed access that take care of the mice, and so his presence only causes problems. We trapped him last night, and will bring him in today. He’s in the vet’s hands after that!

      • Yes, hopefully the vet’s magic will calm this guy down. The domesticated outside cats are exactly what I want. The cat is just one of the suspects in the pheasant incident. Could have been a fox, an eagle, a hawk, a great horned owl, or a coyote. I feel less bad about it if it was one of them. They all have to eat too. Something also got a turkey a while ago and my money is on the coyotes for that. I just love your blog. You do such a great job of capturing these little slices of farm life.

  6. Wow, so sad that Country man had shot cats, and so sad that natural animal behavior is seen as nuisance. And more sad is dumping an animal in the wild. Fixing the cat will take care of that territorial problem. I hope that you think twice in a future before dumping an animal or even considering shooting it. This is a cycle of life and what you do to a living thing always comes back to you somehow. I understand your concern and love for the other pets, but please, don’t shoot, or abandon an animal because he is just doing what nature designed it for. Sorry, had to be honest, and not sugar coated it like others did.

  7. The other option is putting an ad in the newspaper several towns away and seeking for another farm or family that is looking to get rid of mice and making a present of the beasty to someone who would value the traits that are driving you insane. We have a lot of humane societies around here and one specializes in barn cats, cat’s that have a job to do, seek minimal shelter, some food other than just mice, and not ever expect to be lap kitties. It works out. I hate to think of killing animals, but I would want to protect my cat and property, and I think you have a right to do that (without of course taking the cat’s life). Fixing the cat is a very generous and smart thing to do. I hope it works out, but bear in mind it may take several months for the “fix” to be in full swing, so guard your grey kitty in the meantime.

    • Thank you for understanding. Out here, there are so many wild cats who manage to live on their own that dropping him off seven miles away was by no means going to be the end of him. By looking at him one can tell he’s lived a long life already. He has just found a new place that has dog/cat food easily available, so he doesn’t have to work as hard anymore. We will keep working with him as best we can.

  8. Hey, he loves you! And after him traveling many miles to get back to you, it’s impossible to not love him back, right? Neutering him will be the perfect thing and he’ll be a good kitty (hopefully) forever after. 🙂

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  10. Since I am not a lover of cats ( give me a big ol’ yeller lab anytime), so I won’t comment on the shooting idea. I’d try the blanket over the cage, though, and drive far, far away.

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