Lots Of Cuties To Hunt Pests On The Ranch
Having horses means feeding horses. Feeding horses means buying grains. And when you have grains, you have mice and rats! There are lots of ways to get rid of these pests. Poison, traps, catching them with your bare hands, then brutally killing them. But we prefer the good old fashioned way, which is cats! Cats will also keep snakes at bay.
We have had 4 cats in the past, but the 2 toms died. It’s always them. Our remaining 2 she-cats tend to stick inside, only going out every now and then. So they are pretty useless on the ranch, just lying around. One of them is spayed, but our young tabby girl Stripes is not. So naturally, that means kittens! At first we didn’t even know about the wild tabby tom hiding in our forest, till we caught him on the balcony one night. We can never manage to touch him or trap him so there’s no getting rid of him.
So now Stripes is hidden in a dark, reclusive part of the master bedroom closet, with 6 healthy, 2 week old kittens. 4 of them are completely gray, one looks like his mother, with gray tabby markings, and white legs and chest. The smallest is white with gray patches and a gray tail. They’ll all be fixed as soon as they’re older, along with Momma cat.
As soon as the kits are old enough they’ll be put outside. Of course we won’t be keeping all of them. We’ll probably keep 2 of them and give the rest of them away. The only trouble is choosing which gender. If we keep some of the 4 boys then they would probably all disappear one after the other. And most of the female cats we have had were never very good hunters. I guess we’ll just see.