What is a draw?That is what my friend asked me the other day as we were talking about where she lived in Alabama compared to where I lived out here on the prairie of Kansas. I tried to explain that there are actual undulations of varying degrees and some parts of the roads go down into a deep draw and then come back up out of it. She was completely baffled by this "draw" concept.
Monday, February 10, 2014
This used to be a computer area but after tearing out the built in desk and the wood laminate flooring, and painting the walls the same color as the rest of the living room it has been transformed into the cat lounge.
There are shelves to jump to and from.
There is a cat tree that has seen hours of fun in various locations around the house, and multitudes of cat naps.
The ladder is a new source of fun discovered just a few years ago when the cats would climb the human ladder to help with the work up high. The cats go up fast but down slow. It is easier to jump from someplace.
A splash of color on the walls.
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang keeping watch from the walls.
A blast from the past, the cats leopard tube they played IN as kittens, now it is an extra scratching post and paw massager.
They don't mind the OSB floor, they puked on it already.
The area is even equipped with a water fountain (back center on the floor).
How much fun can you have with a new rug?
LOADS!!! First Nino attacked it and dove under. The Shuey dove under, chasing out Nino and then Sien-Zu attacked from above.
This rug is now Cat scanned and approved for the cat lounge by the Hurricane boys!
"Look Mom, we even straightened out the rug after we gave it the cat scan test. We like it."
BOOTS - The first house cat; born July 2003.Boots is the only cat on the farm who is not related to any other cat on the farm. She was the original house cat that moved in with the house when the house arrived in October 2003. She was a psycho kitty! We found an old mirror and put it up against the wall. She walked up to that and FREAKED OUT!!! Her favorite toy as a kitten was a mouse on a bungee cord. We went through at least 6 of these. Each one would be attached to the ceiling between the kitchen and dining room. She would jump up and grab the mouse, take off with it in the direction of the living room, get to the end of the bungee maximum stretch and it would launch back across the room and into the kitchen. One time she landed that mouse right in a pot of boiling spaghetti. After that we were more careful where we attached the mouse. After she broke the bungee, that mouse would go everywhere with her. In the mornings we would find mouse sleeping in her food dish.
ANGEL - Litter mate with Honey and the late Garfield; born June 2003.
Angel is the littlest cat on the farm. She spends most of her time hiding from the other cats behind the TV (left) but has been found napping in a very relaxed stance on the short love seat (below) or curled up on the big couch with others on the back of the couch. She spends the Winter inside but likes to go out for a breath of fresh air quite often, no matter how cold it is. She will come back to the French Doors and glare at you until you let her inside.
May 2005 - She had a litter of kittens 1 week after her sister Honey, 6 of them. They all found new homes but she was a very good mama cat. She worried me that she would hide the kittens so she was moved into the house for the birth event and was happy to have a sheltered box. She and the kittens moved outside for the summer when the kittens were old enough to be weaned. It was a magical time watching them chase fireflies and bugs. Any afternoon momma Angel and her litter of kittens would be found stretched out and relaxing on the deck
HONEY - Better known as Honey-cat; litter mate with Angel and the late Garfield; born June 2003.
kept a cordless drill handy to let her out of the vent. So for the next month I knew the kittens were in the subfloor somewhere but could not figure out where. I went on a vacation to California, Angel had her group in the house already because she was not allowed outside after that move by Honey. I get home and went into the bathroom and could hear meowing. Of course, Honey was able to come and go from her group so I knew they were healthy and alive. The meowing came from my shower. I called dad and had him and mom come over to help me. Alex got Honey cat in the house so she could help with the kittens. We started to take apart the wall around the shower and found a huge hole around the drain and there they were; 5 adorable kittens I had not seen since they were not quite a week old. Once again I was so excited. We brought Honey-cat to help coax the kittens out and soon we had a Tassi, Chevy, Miss Kitty, Tucci and Sunday. Sunday was adopted later in the summer. Tassi and Tucci went to Denver to my then boyfriend, Jim, and Chevy and Miss Kitty stayed here. I tried to adopt out Miss Kitty but no takers so she remains here.
Later in the summer, when I was going to get Honey fixed, we found out she was pregnant again and to far along to abort so we had another litter of kittens. This time she was confined to the house during her pregnancy and set up in the bedroom and master bathroom with me for the birthing. As Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, we had our own excitement here on the farm - 8 kittens showed up, starting at about 6 a.m. with a YOWL from my bed, waking me. I took Honey to her birthing box and let her take care of things from there. There were 2 runts of the litter, Napoleon and Nino. Napoleon did not live a week. Nino was questionable and I refused to loose another kitten. (See his story below.)
Honey is still my security detail around the farm whenever I go outside. She also likes to do at least the night time to make sure the perimeter is secure and to make sure there is nothing stirring like a mouse or a rabbit.
MEET THE REST OF THE CATS - THE KIDS OF 2005
Born May 5, 2005 - Tassajara, Miss Kitty & Chevy. (Tucci passed away a few years ago from a stone blocking his urinary tract).
TASSAJARA - Tassi-cat.
Tassi likes to hang out behind the fireplace where she can feel safe and be warm (left). She has also been known to curl up on the small orange couch or even stretch out in front of the fire (above).
When Tassi first moved to the farm we were not sure about her being outside after her previous summer but eventually she gave it a try. At first it was hard to find her and get her to come back inside. Now she is happy to make a mad dash to the door when she is called to come in.
Tassi was the star of an earlier post called Invasion of the Orange Spider ring.
A side note:Everyone has had to come in at night. We have had some issues of coyotes, a barn owl lives down in the CRP draw and could hunt cats; and then there was the time that Shuey showed up with puncture wounds on his backside, possibly from a large hawk or owl. There is also the issue of the highway being close and the fact that both Nemo and Garfield were killed out on the highway, both found by me and buried by me - those were 2 of my worst days!
Miss Kitty - The odd cat out that I tried to get adopted until she was 3 years old.
CHEVY- The only long-haired cat in 19 kittens born on the farm in the Summer of 2005. He is a character, thus the many pictures.
Chevy can be found sleeping anywhere, in any position and usually it is enough to crack us up. If there is a box - Chevy owns it. If there is an open container (above) it is his for the duration of the nap. He likes to hide in the wood box (right) and when he is outside he is up on the roof of the house or laying in the sun shade between the upper and lower decks.
Sometimes he just flops on the cool tile or hard laminate (see below)
The boys of Hurricane Katrina - Shuey, Sien-Zu and Nino
SHUEY - The chaser, the instigator, the bully!
Shuey and Sien-Zu are the 2nd and 3rd all white kittens we got out of that 19 that summer. Tassi was the first one. So when it came time to pick out names for the 2 little white boys we went to the Siamese twin section on Google.com and then decided to go with Chinese words for snow and fairy. Somehow we managed to come up with the names above.
SIEN-ZU - Zee for short
Sien-Zu is my little TV watcher. He likes the Animal Planet channel the best but if something catches his eye he will sit and watch the TV for quite some time. He has never tried to bat at the images on the TV but he sure watches intently. When a commercial comes on, he looks away as if he is very uninterested in what they are selling.
There he goes, into the tube, pulls his tail in and now he is all settled in for a nice nap.
NINO - my little man, bottle fed by me so he would live and grow up big and strong
Those are the cats on the farm. They are mousers, rabbit hunters, bird getters and generally good for comic relief at any given moment. I hope you enjoyed meeting each and every one of them. There will be more stories coming staring many of them. Stay tuned.