Since the chicken coop is almost completely finished, I figured it was time for some extra protection for my girls. I contacted our local SPCA and asked if any barn cats were available. They said they had them all the time. Which is great for someone who is looking for one, but seems quite sad for the cats. Spay and neuter, people!!
Back on topic here, I went to pick up my cat Thursday night. I have swore dog crate set up in the coop. I put in a cat bed, a litter box, and a couple dishes. I plan on keeping him in this crate for a couple of weeks. I know it seems cruel, but he needs to know this is his home. I don't want him running away.
This is poor guy is estimated to be around 5 years old. He's a very sweet cat, so I wonder if he hadn't been someone's pet at some time. He is neutered (though one of his testicles hadn't descended, so they had to search for it), then he got an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). He was on antibiotics which gave him diarrhea. He seems to be on the mend, but it's a wonder that he even trusts people. He looks forward to getting a few good behind-the-ear scratches.
So, if you're in need of a barn cat. Try contacting your local SPCA. He was completely free, neutered, vaccinated, and came with a flea treatment. I did make a small donation. Barn cats are not usually listed on the adoptable pages, so send them a message and just ask!
This guy came from the Queens County SPCA.
Sept. 10: A little more than 2 weeks later I decided it was time to let Felix out. He took off this morning and was back by the time we got home from our drive. Now he's just chill in' in the yard with me.
April 2, 2021: Unfortunately we lost Felix back on January 17. Read more here: Felix. Sunday I will be meeting a lady who works with the SPCA and Spay Day to pick up 2 new barn cats. They've got big shoes to fill. Wish me luck!
Its that time of year again when the land provides! My garden is doing poorly this year. I may get some tomatoes in a few weeks, maybe one pumpkin of I'm lucky. The cucumbers haven't even started to crawl yet. The carrots aren't doing too badly and I've got plenty of dill seed. I was hoping for some quince this year but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Next spring I will have to cut down the bush and see if that helps.
Something that I do have is wild blueberries and blackberries! Out behind the rabbit building is an abudance of blueberries and all along the edges of our property are blackberries. It's been a very dry year so they're not as many as last year, but there's always enough to for me and a few friends! It's great that I don't have to tend them and I get a great harvest. This fall we may now off half the blueberries to see if that helps with production the following year but we haven't done it since we moved here.