Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Weeds.....

...growing like them anyway......

Wee baby kittens (top cage) and their Mom, Butterfly (bottom cage) ready for the commute.
So back a few months ago, the kittens got too squirmy and big to carry to the breezeway at night in their box. For safety reasons I then rummaged around and found this old hamster cage. It has a top loading entrance so it was easier to stuff kittens in and keep them in. Although my sister doesn't remember it, she gave me this cage probably better than twenty years ago. I've used it temporarily for allot of things over the years---chicks, orphan birds, catching wild kittens---and now it's a PTU. (Prisoner Transport Unit as Tina calls 'em).
Wee baby kittens, not so wee anymore, but still with room to wiggle.
Now we have a problem. Six little kitties just keep growing, and growing, and it gets harder and harder to fit them all in there in the morning. They are stoic about it though, scrunching and slithering in as encourage them. Lest you feel too sorry for them, they are only in the cage about three minutes as I tote them to their playpen in the garage every morning. At night they charge to the yard on their own, so no need of a PTU.
Solution is on the horizon though--as soon as I get the trailer cleaned and ready, the playpen will be moved into the yard. Then I'll attach it to the trailer and no more kitty commute! The little hamster cage will once more retire, awaiting future assignments--that is if the bottom doesn't fall out of it in the meantime.

Nothing wee about this bunch anymore! Their long suffering expressions are priceless. Clockwise, starting with Trinity the calico, Tempe (Torti), Gabe (O/W), Noah (Orange), Verity (Black--and she WILL grow to her nose someday...) and lastly Chaco (Black)

(if it looks like Noah is a giant next to his siblings, well, he is...he eats all the time.)


Deb said...

They are all so darn cute and looks so healthy :) Cute is the reason I have so many barn cats!
Their little home will be wonderful and safe for them. What a great idea.

Vicki Lane said...

Quite a gang of katzers! They are lucky to have you!

Journaling Woman said...

There is not an ugly one in the bunch and as sweet as pudding.

I wish I could remember the cage and giving it to you. Soooo many things have happened since then, so much water under the bridge, bats in my belfry, weeds in my garden ok I'll stop.

Did you visit my blog on December 1?

Sharrie said...

Two of my "not so wee" ones spent the night each on a separate porch last night. Haven't brought up the trailer idea yet. Love your kitties. I only lack a black one.

Kathy said...

You have made my day, Tammy! I love Butterfly and the Katzenjammer Kids, er...Kits. :) Bless you for giving them a home.

Tammy said...

I hope it works out Deb, I'd like to have a safe place for them this winter.
Well, JW all I remember was you gave it to me after ya'll didn't have hamsters anymore and that has been eons ago...and thanks for the birthday post. :-)
Kathy, Noah is probably going to a new home sometime soon. He'll be an indoor kitty and have a couple other kitty friends. If I can pry my stiff fingers from him. ha ha.