Wednesday, June 5, 2013
So Mad I am Gonna get Violent soon
I won't even mention how much money we spent on stray animal health care. Actually I can't mention it because the wife won't tell me but I suspect that was my post hole digger surplus that was just spent thanks to idiots dropping their pets off for us to take care of.
All the kittens have been placed in nice homes and reports coming back in are that they fit in nicely and love their new humans and homes. Those kittens were the best socialized bunch I have ever seen due in no small effort of the Mrs. We kept them solidly locked up each night and when you went to let them out to run and play in the mornings you truly knew what it was like to be a hero to a kitten. In fact those kittens acted more like puppies sometimes than cats.
All is well now, No more pregnancies to worry about, every one had a clean bill of health, one did have an ear infection that is being treated. Time to settle down to cats everywhere but no more stray animal growth because all these strays are now fixed. No more kittens!!!
Or so I thought.
This evening five more kittens showed up with their mother. They look to be about the same age as the ones we just found homes for. The mother cat first appeared right before the initial litter the other stray had which were born in late March (during a huge snow storm) and looks so much like the original stray (from three years ago) and queen of the Small-Hold Sasha Birdbane that early sightings were sometimes dismissed as Sasha slinking around. Everytime it was reported to me that Sasha was in the barn causing havok I thought it was strange because Sasha never goes into the barn. She is above all that barn and out building business except for my shop which she claims as hers as well.
Actually I knew we had another stray around when Mrs. PP came and asked me to come get Sasha out of the barn back in late April. I was working in the shop and Sasha was in there with me and it was then that I realized we had an imposter for sure. Just what sex of an imposter and what it was ultimately up to was not ever figured out.
Well now the mystery has been solved. This new stray was a female and had her kittens somewhere on the Small-Hold and I think it was out in the horse pasture down at the loafing shed. She was raiding the food in the barn and more than likely hunting a bit for her litter until their food needs outstripped her ability to provide. I suspected she might be down there and looked a couple of times but never found out where she had them stashed.
The end results of the massive adoption drive along with the surgery and removal of the original mommy cat also opened up the nursery territory we had set up. Well this shadow stray moved her brood up to the barn and was attempting to use the now empty nursery for her own litter.
The same scenario applies. This cat was obviously someone's pet and has been handled by humans. She wants to be petted and fed and is very sociable although skittish but once you feed her she is all loving and purring. Her kittens on the other hand are not sociable and that presents a huge problem. The mother is also deathly afraid of all the other animals on the place, especially the doofus stray dog who keeps trying to stick his nose into any catching or taming efforts causing a ruckus and failure resulting in kittens scattering everywhere.
We have at most a week or two to get these kittens tamed and sociable or there will be no possibility of finding homes for them and that means someone (me) will have a dirty job to do.
I swear I am going to start placing game cameras up along the road and if I catch anyone dumping animals off I am going to hunt them down. This is just ridiculous I have never seen so many stray animals being abandoned before.
Economy improving my ass.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!