Monday, July 28, 2014


Here's Yeti, one of the two cats that works indoors and outdoors at Cold Antler Farm. I've lived around cats my entire life and appreciate them. I have even been caught cuddling one close, (if we're in a place safe enough to be so honest). But I don't think I'll ever be a "cat person". Any of you out there who think your cat wouldn't eat you if she weighed another two hundred pounds is kidding yourself. There's a reason Clifford was a big red dog.

A cat that size? bloodbath.


Blogger Unknown said...

A very good point indeed.

July 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am a cat person and I've long known there's a real good reason no one has ever bred a 50 pound cat. I love and enjoy them but I don't expect or insist they be anything but what they are.

July 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have been round and round on the subject of cats in our neighborhood. The neighborhood I live in has 1-3 acre lots with many vegetable gardens and even a horse or two. There are far too many cats to let them roam freely. Having cats on a farm is different from having cats in a neighborhood. Our neighborhood is overrun with cats, and they are killing far too many birds. We have a city ordinance that forbids free roaming cats, but neighbors let their cats roam anyway. I just want to say, I understand how useful a cat or two can be in a barn on a farm, but in a neighborhood, there are far too many. Cats kill millions of birds every year. Even our common songbird populations are declining. It's especially a problem in spring because fledglings are so vulnerable. I posted several articles from bird conservation organizations about free roaming cats on our neighborhood web site (Eastern Bluebird Society, The Audubon Society,The American Bird Conservancy . . .They all said cats must be kept indoors to prevent the continuing decline of songbirds. My neighbors' response: A lot of nonsense about "cat's being in the natural cycle of things." Cats are domestic pets. They were not interested in articles from bird conservation organizations and deleted my posts.

(Also, I hate to say it but Chem Lawn trucks go up and down the streets of this neighborhood spring, summer, and fall. If you happen to be out walking your dog when they are spraying, you can get a snoot full of that poisonous stuff.)

Trying to educate people is a slow frustrating business. I don't think the birds have that much time. Not sure we do either.

A couple of cats in the barn is not the same thing as neighborhoods overrun with free roaming cats. Cats in neighborhoods need to be kept indoors for their own sake as well as the birds'.

I would love to hear, Jenna, how you handle all the negative environmental news. For me, it's a constant struggle to stay positive.

Take care,
Michele from Birdhaven Homestead in North Mississippi

July 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Em said...

He's a cutie! I'm really not a cat or a dog person, though--I'm a bird person! People always think that's weird, but I just "get" birds more than I do mammals. I've been hoping for an update on Italics--have y'all had any successful hunts this summer? And have you ever read the book "Falcon Fever" by Tim Gallagher? I think you would enjoy it--it's a good mix of history and the author's personal experiences in falconry.

July 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

I have two wonderful cats that give me tons of love and affection. They crack me up every day. I can't imagine my life without cats. My dog on the other hand... he is a food thief, growls at you when he's eating and barks at EVERYTHING! But he is great with kids and adores my husband. We tolerate each other. I like dogs but I have never had a dog that made me prefer dogs over cats. My daughter has a pet guinea pig who I have become very attached to (much to my own surprise!) He is pretty sweet and loves his fresh veggies.

July 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very much a cat person. I love how reciprocal the relationships are! Our dog? I love her, but she's rather a dim bulb, and would totally eat me if I were dead and she was larger and hungry.But even if my cats were writ large, i don';t think they'd kill me. They are smart enough to know that *I* am the one who can provide the tuna!

I think most cats are hedonists, but not narcissists. Although we do have one cat who's a narcissist, and I sure wouldn't trust her at 200 pounds!

August 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM  

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