Friday, September 18, 2015

Life In The Barn

It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable our barn kitties 
are with life around the barn.
I often see them wandering around through horses' legs...
completely unafraid.

Here is TomTom, lounging in the dry lot, just feet away from
several horses' hooves.
Without a care in the world...

Cats seem to have an innate sense of what is dangerous and what is not.

And then there is the fact that these sweet equines have never
shown any aggression towards the cats.

"Barn cats" might give you the wrong impression.
These kitties live as well as most house cats.
They are neutered or spayed and up to date on all vaccines.
(Many "barn cats" cannot boast the same...but to have
less care than this seems negligent to me.)
They each have a bed, dry food and water available 24/7,
 and a heat lamp during the winter months.
Spoiled. Cats. For. Sure.

I will give them credit, though.
They keep our barn mouse-free (at least as far as I can tell.)
They thank us with offerings of rats, squirrels, voles, mice and other
creatures that could easily over-run us.

Believe it or not, a well-fed cat makes the best mouser.
It's true.

Well, we have reached another weekend.
This week flew by quickly and was delightfully filled with baby days.
This weekend I am heading to Ohio with girlfriends
for a "girls' weekend" at the Country Living Fair in Columbus.
I have wanted to attend one of these for years...and finally am getting my wish.

I'll be back Monday to tell you all about it...
and to fill you in on Hubbs' weekend caring for the farm.
Hopefully, his weekend with be uneventful!


  1. have a great time at the fair. ny daughter and i have tickets but we decided not to go. it's going to be a hot one so we passed. it's a long haul and i never stay there longer than an hour. hope you have fun!

  2. Hope it is all you are hoping for.
    Enjoy your time off!

  3. What a great ending you will have to such a fun week. Can't wait to hear all about it!!

  4. Their own heat lamps? Pretty sweet life!

  5. Have fun Bev. I'm taking Manny to the Italian market in Philly!

  6. Happy Country Living weekend with your friends . . .
    Happy you take "good care" of your "mouser" Barn Cats . . .
    I would say CONTENT is their word!

  7. I hope you have a wonderful time! I've wanted to attend one of those for so many years. Maybe one day I'll get there. :-)

  8. All our barn cats were fixed and had all their shots updated to best way to have it so they don't over populate your farm or carry any unwanted sickness about to other animals . Oh I hope you have a wonderful time sounds fun ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a great weekend !

  9. I just love kitties and yours are especially cute! I'm glad they stay safe even lying so close to the horses. We have a friend who had a big dairy farm some years back and I still remember him telling us about a bunch of his barn kitties who laid together on a pile of straw near the barn on a cold day, only to have one of his cows come along and decide to lay down too, unfortunately right on top of them. I never forgot that story. So sad. Hope your kitties continue to be safe.


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