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.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
If you are a new reader, and don't know what the 'mess' is, here is the short version. Butterfly showed up at my Mom's, very skinny and very pregnant. I offered to bring her up here to see her through having her kittens and placing them in new homes, because I didn't think I'd get as attached to the kittens as my Mom would--plus it'd be allot of work she didn't need to take on. Well, we know how that worked out. Anyway, Butterfly was probably dumped and was not even a year old herself. She did manage to pop out six very healthy little kittens in a short time and the rest is history. The 'agreement' was that Mom would take Butterfly back and probably one or two of the kittens and have them live in the barn, if we couldn't find homes for them. Yeah right. Butterfly did go back home to Mom's and I did place two of the boys in a loving home together. The rest of the plan derailed and I now I have six house cats.
preparation for her spay. It was a pretty hard time for her, since she was so uncomfortable and it was yet another change in her life. Once she was spayed though, things started looking up.
She now spends the days sharing the big barn with Madison (used-to-be-my-cat)and being a 'barn cat'. This gripes Madison to no end, but hey, things like this keep us young, right (right Madison, you traitor?)? She does allot of hunting in the field between Mom and Dad's place and mine. At night she is penned up to try and keep her safe from varmints and from the road. She seems pretty content, and has not once ventured up here, even when her children still lived out in the garage during the day. I thought she might visit with them, but she seems to have washed her paws of the whole sordid affair.
She is spoiled rotten by my Mom and as you can see from the photos has 'blossomed' quite a bit!
While my Mom loves her dearly, if there were someone who would give her a safe permanent indoor home, we would be very happy about that. It would have to be a good special home, of course. She is a wonderfully sweet cat, and suspect she would be quite a character (judging from her kittens) once she got settled in. We think it's possible she lived indoors at one time.
Anyway, thought you might enjoy seeing how Butterfly is doing and knowing the rest of the story of the kitten saga.