Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Cats, Kittens, Barns, and Memories

These are the stray kittens that I have been feeding. In this picture they are all eating like little pigs. Here I had mixed a can of Friskies with some Kitten Chow. That one in the top that is just now coming to eat was the meanest of all. (not really mean, just more wild). The first time I caught it, it bit me several times. Then later it bit me again on the finger. That time I think it was an accident as I had Friskies on my finger and it just tried to take a bit. Anyway, no harm done and a few drops of blood lost.

First off the little yellow one and one of the black and white ones disappeared. I figured maybe someone had come along and picked them up. The mother moved them across the road to another barn, so I fed the remaining 4 over there. Then she moved them back again. Then 3 more disappeared leaving only one. It was there for about 3 days and then it too disappeared. I have looked everywhere for them. They knew me and always came bouncing out when I called them. They were not afraid and they knew my voice. I have held and petted them to make them friendly. I thought strong about bringing that yellow/black/white colored one home with me, but I didn't. Now I wish I had. I have been all around the house, the shed where they were born, the big barn across the road, and all the other old outbuildings. It makes me sad that they are gone and I don't know what happened to them. The gentleman that owns the farm was there today and I took a picture of him. He's very nice. I stood there and talked to him for about 30 minutes at least. He said he would go look for those kittens but he was barefoot. He hates to wear shoes. We talked about the old days.

I told him how much I enjoyed going in the barn across the road since it reminded me so much of when I was a kid and the barn at home. It has stalls down the side, hay in the loft, and lots of other nocks and crannies. It's really a big barn! He has 2 tractors in different sections of it and one has a bushhog on it. There are a couple of huge areas where cattle used to come to get shelter and feed in long troughs and an old bathtub which they drank from. The smells, which I know most folks wouldn't appreciate, I do. Just brings back so many memories. I'm going to take my neighbor with me sometime and I'll climb up to the hayloft and have her take some pictures. So stay tuned. You know you do not want to miss that.


Blogger Fida said...

OoOoh... what a cutie!

I wanna hug them and kiss them and snuggle with them and feed them and carry them and ....

Oh, I'm from Wendy's

8:38 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

That is sooo sad, Rachel..I hate that the kittens have dissappeared...I remember when you started feeding them...Could somebody have come and taken them away do you think??? Dear dear...the precariousness of being a wild ferel kitten...Thank God they had you to feed them, my dear...
The Farmer is a wonderful looking man, isn't he?

9:32 PM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Poor kittens. Where did they go?
Thanks for dropping by.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

I love the smell of a barn too! I miss the farm so much. I am looking forward to the pictures of the loft. I am so sorry that the kittens got lost. I hope they found a good home and nothing bad happened to them. The one you wanted to take home is the one I liked the most too. Hugs and have a wonderful day!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Just a little sad here. I wish too, that you had taken that yellow/black/white colored one.
If I ever have another cat, maybe it will be one like it.
Since this was a sudden disapearance, they didn't get sick and die like a lot of ferels do. They went off, unless they were all males and a big Tom killed them. My guess, they went off.
Might they come back?

11:34 PM  
Blogger doubleknot said...

Maybe the mother cat moved them somewhere were you can't find them. Is she still around? Glad you got such a nice picture before they disappeared.
On the truffles post - that looks so good I am going to have to try some again - I know I have had them before but it was a long time ago.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kittens are cute. Hope they are all ok.
We had a barn on my parents property when I was little. It was old and run down but really fun to play in..

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your kittens all disappeared :( They are so cute when they are young like that. My cat will be 12 years old in August and we now are caring for two kittens that won't stay with us permanently. My son's friend is living with us for awhile and they are her kittens. They are cute and I am trying not to get attached to them. They are a little too interested in my parrots, so they have to live downstairs in my son's bedroom. They guy who owns the barn looks like such a sweet man! It was nice of you to talk to him for so long :) Have a blessed Thursday Rachel!

7:03 AM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

I am sorry that the kittens got lost. I wish that they come back again...
And thank you for your nice words about my Flame Vine. Sure, the birds loves those flowers.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

My strays come and go. Mother cats are excellent at hiding kittens. My Gizmo, along with 2 of her siblings, disappeared over a week ago. One is back, the other two are gone, Gizmo being one of them. My strays don't let me hold them. The tiniest ones will let me pet them but not for long. But hang in there, they probably will relturn in a wek or so. They know where the food is.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Here, kitty kitty!!
They really are eating like crazy aren't they?
I think they were afraid the food would disappear.

Hello, Mr. Farmer Man. He looks like a nice feller.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

On our two miles to where we went to country school, there used to be three barns. They are all gone now. I know exactly what you mean about the old barns. They were definitely the hub of activity on the farm. You had to be there at least twice a day for about an hour and a half. Day used to say "Well lets get chores done so we can get to work".
I liked this post very much. Thanks Rachel.

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why we never named our cats. You just never knew how long they would be around. The cat headcount would change daily.

Get up in the hayloft, girl. Go have a roll in the hay!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Wow - that's a lot of kittens.

We trapped all the feral cats here in our neighborhood to stop the population explosion. We then domesticated them and found homes for all five of them. But, one decided he liked us best, so he's our garage/outdoor cat.

We had one disappear, too. We live next to a conservation area, so something may have gotten a hold of her. She was adorable; we're hoping that someone picked her up and gave her a nice home.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to those pictres, Rachel! Have a great Independence Day weekend. ;)

6:40 AM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

I will definitely stay tuned! I hope you have "smell-o-vision" so I can enjoy the good ol' barn aromas I remember...

Nice post. Good for you.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Ohhhhh....Those kittens are so cute! I hope they are all safe and the mom just tucked them away somewhere. Life will take it's course with them, hopefully it's in their favor.

I've always lived in a big city so I don't know what farm life is like, but I can only imagine it's wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

The kittens are so cute. My son & daughter in law live in such a remote area that kittens are always getting dropped at their doorstep practically. They also dissappear as fast as they come, which remains a mystery to them. They care for and love each cat, so when they vanish they really get upset. We have never figured out what happens to the cats.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was feeding a stray cat for a while (well actully almost a year) but he has vanished. I hope he is okay.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you are going through I had a dog he was 10 years old which he my baby and he pasted away and I still miss him and will always miss him. When he past I said that I wasn't going to get another pet because it hurt to much when they leave when you get attached to them. Then a cat came up and we felt sorry for her she was skinny we started feeding her then she didn't leave and then another kitten mixed with bobcat showed up and we feed him, then she had 5 kittens we took care of all them, kept them all a clean, dry, warm, and protected shelter for them outside. Well I got attached to them and I said I wouldn't, but I did.The kittens are now 6 weeks old. I had one black and white, yellow and white, dark and light gray, 2 white and gray and I think these 2 are twin, and they all have names. I went to work came back and the 2 twins are missing I worry about them, are they together I hope they are, were they are, do they have food and shelter, if someone else has them are they being good to them. I pray God keeps his hands on them and protect them and all the pets and animals. They other cats and 3 kittens are still here but I still miss the other 2 Yeng and Yang. I hope they find there way back home. I also hope you find your kittens too. They are all in my prays.

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