This past weekend Miss Ella(Camilla), one of our barn kitties, reminded me that she and her buddy, Charles(Prince Charles) had never been featured in our blog. So, since she was feeling particularly photogenic that day, I snapped her picture and promised her that I would write her story. Charlie and Ella came to live on Bee Haven Acres a few years ago on the very day that Prince Charles married his long time love Camilla. Jack and I had gone to the Humane Society to find a pair of barn cats. Thinking that adopting two cats would be a good thing to do and also an inexpensive(they ended up costing us about $200!) way to buy cats, we proceeded to search for just the right pair. We were told that these two kitties had been found wandering the streets of a couple local towns. So, we introduced them to each other in a meet and greet room at the animal shelter. Tolerance seemed to be the mood of the kitties that day, so we packed them up and took off for the farm. They have continued to get along great. And, since we never see mice in our barn, I am assuming that they are doing their assigned jobs....however, they each get a Fancy Feast seafood breakfast and dinner.....so there is not that great an incentive to work hard! (Buy the way, they have made it quite clear that they prefer the taste of seafood or fish over any other choices.) I guess we will never have to worry about a fish infestation in our barn!!
Females are particularly good hunters. I recently found 3 mice in the basement of a petsitting client. He has a well-fed female kitty, but it doesn't stop her from earning her keep. They were all laid out neatly at the foot of the stairs (un-chewed up). I had to dispose of them quietly and heap praise on her doing such an excellent mousing job! LOL