The story behind The GIRLS – farm cats

In 2015 – so, we “needed” more cats! 

We moved into this home/property in December 2014 with the 2 outdoor neutered male cats- Mr. Black & Mr. Blue, 1 indoor/outdoor female cat – Thumper (became totally outdoors upon moving in here Dec 2014, but disappeared in 2016 – not sure if she found a new home on her own or passed away while traipsing thru the woods) & 1 indoor cat, Avalon – Sierra’s (our youngest daughter – living w/ us at home).  I had adopted the two female feral cats (Smudge & Thumper) the previous summer and they were both still indoor cats while we were packing/moving – but Smudge, we think, got into some rat/mouse poison while we were moving things around and she quietly passed in an out of the way spot before we even moved to the hotel w/ animals in temporary quarters at a friends’ – Pampered Pets Pharm (the cats, chickens & ducks) and on another leased acreage (the ponies).  It was a SAD beginning to our new home.

Thumper & Smudge with Avalon in Lillington home 2014 before moving into new Cameron home.

House/farm cats - all adopted from feral colonies

The last picture i have of Thumper, greeting a dog fostered for Tilted Acres Rescue –

Two adopted pets greet each other

Two adopted pets greet each other

In February 2015, P Parrish, Moore County Neighborhood Cats (FB page), had two female cats that had to be adopted.  They couldn’t go back to the colony they were from as it had been dispersed.  One of them needed antibiotics – 2x daily.  Well, I took them on.  Larry didn’t even know at first!  I kept them in a dog kennel out in one of the chicken areas behind the house – stacking hay around the kennel for protection from the weather which DID turn ugly/bad at the time.  I was able to sit on that hay to reach into the kennel, pull the cat out by the scruff to give her her meds & then put her back.  I fed, watered and changed out their litter pan.  The one kitty was a light grey tabby with chrome.  She always got upset whenever (2x+ daily) I reached into the kennel to do anything or to do meds.  Swear she would hang upside down by her claws in the furthest corner of the kennel.  She was christened “Batty”.  The 2nd kitty was a muted calico (light grey, light orange & white) that came to be known as “Rainbow”.  Well, the antibiotics stopped and it was time to let them out of the kennel.  I THOUGHT the chicken pen would hold them – should have known better – wasn’t long – they were both out!  I continued to do water and food for them in the chicken pen.  Later, we would have a rabbit hutch under the carport that we put food dishes on for the cats – Rainbow and Batty were seen coming up to eat – but we weren’t able to catch or even get close to them!

These pics were taken after they’d been loose for a while and I actually saw them and snapped before they ran and hid yet again.  They were staying “close by” – pretty sure they were staying up under the little metal shed just the outside of our back yard.

Feral, spayed farm cat - Rainbow

Rainbow - feral, spayed farm cat

Batty - a feral, spayed farm cat

Batty - a feral, spayed farm cat

That is the last time I got decent pics of Batty.  She was very elusive – running any time she saw a person.  Then, after one of the snow/ice storms we had in early 2016, we found her body in the front yard.  There was no noticeable injury, we have no idea how she actually died…  😦

Rainbow is still with us.  While elusive at first, we have been able in late 2016 and in early 2017, to occasionally get a finger touched to her as she turns and runs.  She doesn’t run as far or as fast.  She often sleeps in the rabbit pen with the rabbits and now with the 2017 Swedish Black/Blue ducks we have.

Also in 2015, Geri G of the Feral Cat Project (FaceBook page) approached me.  She had a feral female cat in a trap that was spayed, but had been too soon postpartum so had staples that would need to be removed AND was on antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection.  Sucker that I am, I took her on, too.  This time, Larry knew right away (and he wasn’t happy! at first).  This one was much better as she turned out to be friendly!  Turns out that she can be picked up by the grand daughters, she likes to be carried around for short bits of time.  I started her out in the back yard chicken areas, too, but we found that she didn’t work well that way.  I moved her out to the pasture/shed row barn and that is where she has stayed. Sometimes she does come up to the house, but not often.  She will check out each new foal that is born.  She survives the snow/ice storms – think in one of the barn stalls (not even sure which one(s).  She seems happy – she’s now been with us for 2 years as well!

Fi - a not so feral farm cat

Fi - the not so feral, spayed farm cat

Fi - a not so feral, spayed, farm cat

Fi - the not so feral, spayed farm cat checks out the new colt

Fi, Sierra, Nymbus & Taff – 1 March 2017

I’ve really enjoyed having “Fi” around!  I miss her on the occasion when I don’t see her in the pasture(s) while feeding the ponies.  She does go hunting in the woods on the various properties around our farm, as we’ve seen her both leaving and returning.  She does hunt/mouse, for us, too.

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It it April 2017 and it may be time for more farm cats, what does everyone else think??

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Husband and wife team raising shetland ponies, rescuing dogs/cats & becoming self sufficient.
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