Tuesday, October 12, 2010

sad news

I have not seen June Carter in four days.
I am sad to report I don't think I will again.

52 Comments:

Blogger Sylvia said...

Oh, oh, oh.
We get our hearts so set on our animals. I know this is so painful as our kitty was taken by a coyote as my dog and I walked up the street early one morning.
Dangers lurk for cats outside but that is why June Carter was even there.
I know you are sad. I am thinking of you.

October 12, 2010 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger mirbrewer said...

Oh NO. I am so sorry to hear it. Very sad news indeed. Hopefully you won't feel weirded out getting a "virtual hug" from a stranger. *hugs*

October 12, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger The Dream... said...

I am so sorry to hear about your little cat, we almost lost one of ours three weeks ago, he had to go through a serious operation to save him and it was touch and go.

Try to stay positive though, we used to have a cat who was an amazing hunter and she often left for a couple of weeks and then return, she knew how to take care of herself!

October 12, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Is she old enough to be in heat? Our cat disappeared for about a week and came back a little torn up and pregnant.

October 12, 2010 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Oh Jenna, I am so so sorry. There is still hope. Perhaps something spooked her and she's off exploring other parts of the land.
So sad...

October 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Don't lose hope. Cats are fickle little things. My 9yr old cat disappeared for 15 days once. I'd given up hope and then I opened the door and there she was as usual waiting to come in.

Come home June Carter!!

October 12, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Building A Better Life said...

I don't want to get your hopes up too much but...

We had cats growing up. One of them disappeared for two weeks and came back, another for about 10 days before it came back. In the country it's a natural place for them to be - out and about.

:( But I hope she comes back soon!

October 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I can't remember if you had her spayed or not. She may be on a date and will come back to present you with more mousers. The beauty in that would be she would teach her offspring all they would need to know to be employable.
Also, cider freezes very well. Hot cider in January. Yummy.

October 12, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

My husband had a cat once leave for 6 months then came back randomly one day. They think she was getting fed by someone else. I just want to say dont lose hope. If she does come back it will be a blessing and if she doesnt. I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say I am sure she had an amazing time at cold antler. Good luck to you
Justine

October 12, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Westfarm Goat Mom said...

Sorry to hear, but maybe she will still return. Unfortunately that is the life of a barn cat (I have several living here). Has she been spayed? If not, maybe she is just out having fun and will be back soon.

October 12, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Anny said...

Our car leaped off of our apartments second story balcony and ran off into the woods for a week (and she was declawed when we got her so I thought she was done for sure), but she showed back up, hungry & wanting attention. You never know with cats...

October 12, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

bummer. that doesn't sound promising.

hopefully she didn't go in heat, get injured/eaten, or end up sick depending on how up to date you kept her on vaccines.

in the future getting altered feral adults might be a better bet, for you having a mouser and for the cats chances of survival.

October 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Our cat has disappeared for weeks at time, and she's primarily an INDOOR cat. Don't give up on her just yet.

October 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
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October 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Your ignorance in cat care is appalling. Do you just chaulk this up to a "learning experience"? Well, maybe you ought to ask people who successfully have barn cats, altered ones, how it should be done. Your learning curves are very dangerous to another living creature.

October 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

I am sorry about June Carter. Maybe she is just off on a long adventure. Maybe she will be back when you least expect it.

Grace and Peace,

John

October 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger GirlSavorsLife said...

Darn those little critters for worming their way into our hearts. Hope she returns soon.

October 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
OpenID kragore said...

So sorry to hear - Barn cats are hard. We get them dumped out at the folk's place all the time - can't catch 'em to alter them, just friendly enough to get attached to, and 9 times out of 10, they're eaten by a coyote, fisher cat, ect.

I hope she comes back.

October 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger rachel whetzel said...

Ignore Missy. She obviously hasn't lived in the country with animals of any kind. Here's to June being out on a hunt. :P We have an illusive cat that stays out of sight a lot. There are lots of days when I don't see her, and then I spot her here and there. There's still hope!

October 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Dear missy,

June Carter has been well cared for. She has all her shots, deworming, rabies and pre-leukemia checks. She was scheduled already with my vet to be spayed at the earliest appt they allow (6 months old). She was well fed, and well loved, she just lives outside where predators, cars, and such also live. Sorry if that is appalling to you. I suggest you stop reading, and save yourself the stress.

October 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Robbie Grey said...

An unfortunate consequence of rural living. Still, sorry it happened. Hopefully, she will come back.

October 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

the beauty of cats is that they do wander off sometimes only to come back when you've given up hope for ever seeing them again. sure some times they're a little worse for wear. we had a tom who insisted on going out and fighting who knows what then returning looking like death to heal up at home, only to disappear again as soon as he was better, he lived for 9 years that way before he settled into a house-cat in his old age. Dont give up hope yet :)

October 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I know six months is the earliest most vets will spay cats. But having worked in a vet's office, I've seen cats come into heat at five months of age (my vet would spay anytime after 3 months old for outdoor cats, barn cats, or captured feral cats). Unless you have proof pointing to some kind of attack, like fur scattered around or worse, she may well be answering the lonesome call of some Tom cat a mile away or more. If so, she'll be back, but you will need to get her into the vet's to be fixed before she becomes too pregnant to do it safely.

October 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. We have a small farm on the VT line and I noticed that there weren't any critters bothering my garden at all this year. One word - coyotes. I have a friend that lost two of her cats in the same week a few weeks ago (and they don't wander). She owns a rather large farm with her husband. Friends have reported coyotes eating their corn and pulling it up in order to keep it away from their pets.
Living in a rural area has its issues but the recent explosion in the coyote population has added another layer to the safety of your animals. I'm undure what the answer is. I'm not one to profess killing anything but there has to be a way to protect the animals that are in my charge.

October 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Wow Missy, why are you so angry? Every country kid knows that barn cats are part of the team for one reason-to keep small predators at bay. Yes, barn cats are pets, and Jenna has taken great care of JC, but they are ultimately intended to be working members of the team. Farm life cam be hard-the cycle of life and death is inevitable. Hopefully JC is just off having an adventure, but if not, then Jenna-you have NOTHING to feel guilty about!

October 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger The Bunny Girl said...

I'm sorry to hear about June Carter. Cats do tend to go on walk about if they are so inclined. Perhaps she saw a bird in the woods and is prowling after it.
Also, I agree with Rachel, ignore missy.I think people are apt to believe that animals belong in plastic bubbles and forget that they are animals who think and do for themselves whether we like it or not. You're awesome Jenna!!!

TBG

October 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

We had a feral cat that lived around our countryside for years. She produced three litters (that I knew of) in our old garage. There was no way we could catch her to have her spayed. Just walking into the old garage and hearing her growl (still gives me shivers up my spine)would make us just back on out to protect ourselves from an attack. She was a very, very protective mother. Even saw a fox run out to attack her one day. She just sat stock still and stared at him. After the fox jumped around her for a bit (I think he wanted to chase her) he gave up and sulked away. Finally, one year she just didn't come back. We did end up with two of her kittens. They became housecats and are afraid of everything....appartenly they didn't get her feral genes.

Just hope JC is off on an adventure.

October 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Missy is a dumb shit. Barn cats and for that matter, all cats, sometimes get taken by predators. Sorry if that happened to Junie. :(

October 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

People who respond to tragedy (even potential tragedy) with negative sniping say more about themselves than they do their intended victim. Missy, I'm talking to you.

Jenna, I'm so sorry to hear about JC. Even if she never comes back, I'm sure she was happy and warm and all the things a cat should be while you had her. Here's to the continuing circle of life on a farm.

October 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

i think some of the comments towards missy are misguided. when an animal goes missing, dies, or meets an untimely death, a reasonable question most of us ask is why?

if the reason is preventable, its worth commenting on.

working animals, be it a livestock guarding dog or a barn cat, have lives full of risks compared to that of a pet dog or cat. that's understood. what many people do it look at preventave strategies to minimize those risks, in efforts to protect their investments and in respect for a living creature in their care.

altering an outside cat is one step towards not only preventing unwanted kittens in an area with a surplus of cats/kittens they are being euthanized daily by the thousands due to the lack of homes, but towards keeping a kitten reaching sexual maturity from venturing an unsafe distance from the farm (especially hobby farms like jennas that don't have the activity of larger operations that help to keep predators at bay).

from a farming standpoint, jenna potentially just lost a pretty large investment. purchase of a kitten, food for X months, all the vaccines and deworming mentioned above.

what is common practice on some peoples properties is an after thought or never thought of on others.

October 12, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

We can hope you're wrong ~ and then admonish her if she returns. "June Carter, Where have you been?"

October 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Oh, no! So sorry to hear that. We'll keep you both in prayer. She could still turn up. She is a rascal, after all. daisy

October 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Oh no! I'll keep you and June in my prayers, for a safe return. As others said, she may just have wunderlust and will return when she's done. Keep food out Jenna, and hopefully she'll remember where home is. Cats are smart, hopefully June is smart enough to dodge trouble.

Missy, you don't read here much do you? If you did, you would never comment in such a nasty way.

October 12, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger sam's farm said...

Hi Jenna,

My city cat used to go off for weeks to curb his wild spirit. I hope June Carter is off doing the same and will be back in due time. I am sorry the drop spindle didn't come our way but am excited to say I found your book at the used book store along with an older Mother Earth News magazine on how to brew your own beer-2 more steps towards homesteading. Respectfully, Sam

October 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

My cat disappeared for four days and gave me a scare, but he came back and acted like he'd never been gone. I know it's sad and tough, but don't give up hope!

October 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger ecogrrl said...

Missy's tone was inappropriate, but I think the point she was trying to make is that there might be a better way to get a barn cat next time. JC was pretty young, so it's worth considering. Since outdoor life is tough on cats (and the birds they eat), it's usually recommended to go with an older, altered feral or barn cat who already wouldn't tolerate being indoors if it had a choice. There are some great websites out there with info about caring for barn cats. The Cat Site has a nice forum on ferals.

Also, for what it's worth, most vets don't agree with the 6 month spay/neuter anymore. You can do it as young as four months, and many shelters actually alter even sooner.

October 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Hey Jenna,
Have you checked with any of your neighbors? If they've fed her, even once, she might decide that she lives there also. Cats are very independent animals and sometimes like to prove it. It might be worth casing the area, if you haven't done that already. Hang in there - she may come back!

October 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Unfortunatly barn kitties come and go; Is she 6 months or older? She may have gone into heat and wandered off...which means she will come back knocked up

October 12, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

ps...fixing a barn kitty doesn't keep them home; their curiosity gets the best of them when they are out chasing mousies. They are after all lions at heart.

Also....Jenna's investment is in her farm and her money producers...the sheep. All of them work as a team but lets stop pretending this is a city girl living in NYC. It's a barn kitty. Period.

October 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

NOT to be mistaken for the previous "Missy." I just want to say well-said ecogrrl.

Looks like you are being responsible with June Carter. Let's hope she makes it home soon. From a lifer cat guardian of both indoor and outdoor cats, they are definitely independent and fickle animals. They do as they please. There's always a chance she won't come back, but there's a big chance that she will - whether it's tomorrow or months down the road. Here's to hoping!:)

October 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

I lost my cat for a year! We deduced that he must have climbed into the engine of a car while we were having a family reunion, then that person stopped at the little country gas station down the road, and he jumped out. Mr. Peterson took care of him the whole year without knowing who he belonged to. My Dad and Uncle Sonny Boy found him there well taken care of. There is still hope.

October 12, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I don't know, but don't bet on it. I've had cats go missing for longer and come back all smug-like.

October 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger ladybughomer said...

Does your area have a local humane society or pound? My cat disappeared for two weeks and it never occurred to me it would have been picked up. I am sure it is very different in Veryork but here in my little town, some of my neighbors trap cats. I didn't know this until I found my lovely boy in jail. He came home with a cold, but has recovered and has learned to avoid the neighbors who hate him.

October 12, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

This has happened to us many times--and usually it ends happily, with a nonchalant cat showing up for breakfast after disappearing for a week. Unfortunately that's not always the case--we have lost a couple of cats over the years--but even when they're fixed, they like to wander. Most recently one of our indoor/outdoor cats spent three rainy days and nights at the top of a thirty-foot apple tree! It took me two days to figure out where he was, and my husband finally had to climb up after him.

So, as most of the commenters here have said, you just never know with cats. They grace us with their presence, but they don't follow our rules.

October 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Kitties like to go on adventures. June Carter will probably come home again. Don't worry.

October 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Barn Cats do that, no worries. :)

October 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

So sorry! A coyote got one of my fav kitties just a few days ago. I am very sad about it and I know you are too. We do get attached to their presence and personalities. I hope she returns. Hugs

October 12, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

So sorry! A coyote got one of my fav kitties just a few days ago. I am very sad about it and I know you are too. We do get attached to their presence and personalities. I hope she returns. Hugs

October 12, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Alix said...

In my experience, while it might be nice to get an altered adult cat (or just an adult barn cat in general) - they're very territorial and already attached to the territory they grew up in. Unless you move them a very long ways (and sometimes even then) they make their way back to their home farm.

As many others have said, don't lose hope yet Jenna. Cats are resourceful and will often wander off for a while.

October 12, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I hope she'll surprise you.

October 12, 2010 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger christy said...

cats are perpetual teenagers- they'll chase tail as far as it takes them, and don't stop to think about what happens when the chase is over. silly, silly cats. hopefully she didn't get too far and isn't set out to make you a "grandma" :p fingers crossed for her safe return.

October 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger jkizmann said...

I took in a stray who was very shy for the first few months we had her. At some point, she got outside (we think our other cat knocked her out our window -- the screen had been pushed and the other cat looked mighty pleased with herself).

Mind you, we lived in a pretty bad urban neighborhood. We were on a very busy street, with lots of mean dogs and not a lot of places for a kitty to hide.

A week or so after she went missing, my boyfriend was told about a dead black cat found near our house. We assumed the worst.

Then, a few nights later, she popped out of the darkness and followed our roommate back home. From that point on, she was a lot less shy and seemed pretty thankful to be back.

She was gone probably around 10 days if I remember correctly. I think June Carter will be OK. :)

October 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

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