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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

She should probably be considered a kitten. This seems to be a young cat. I had seen this one scamper out of the chicken area, but did not realize just how small she was. Due to her petite body frame, I am guessing that this kitten is female.

Just when I had given up on the animal trap, I decided to figure out how to reset it (very easy) and used some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving as a lure for the fowl connoisseur. It was quite a surprise that it worked.

My husband often works a later shift and did not arrive home until 11pm. I had stayed up late last night to capture a bit of time with him. And I had forgotten (again) to lock up the chicken coop. As we were chatting happily inside with the ice rain beginning outside, I remembered the unfinished task.

I wandered out in my husband’s big coat, pajamas and flip flops. He came after me with a flash light. We closed the coop and counted the chickens after realizing that something was crying in the trap.

Semi-feral Kitten

All the chickens were accounted for and the light was then turned on the cage. This young feline had beheaded, maimed and killed many of our little chickens. She was at our mercy.

The trap was locked to a metal chair to prevent theft (animal control probably goes through a lot of traps – and they are pricey). Luckily, my husband is a big guy and carried everything into the garage. I put an old towel over the cage to help keep the cat from freezing.

Well, I am such a sucker. We cannot have a house cat due to my husband’s asthma. We cannot have a bird killer loose outside. But I still wanted to keep her. She is just scared and hungry.

The animal control officer mentioned a feral cat rescue enthusiast that will pick them up from the shelter. I am hoping that happens with this one.

She may be deemed docile enough to put up for adoption. She seems pretty healthy, considering her home in the woods. You never know when someone is ready for a challenge.

Maybe she started off at a home and was dumped on the side of the road. There are no signs of aggression or crazed panic.

I feel like getting on my “happy life on the farm” soap box. So many people drop off their former pets on these country roads thinking that they have a better chance at a good life instead of being put down at an animal shelter.

Farms can only handle so many animals. They do not have the funds to be a haven for unwanted pets. And certain animals cannot co-exist with others. Cats that grow up with cat chow and big mean roosters do well on farms. But, starved strays that have a taste for easy domestic prey do not.

The pet owners are doing what they think is best. But, I do suggest that kittens, cats, puppies and dogs be taken to a shelter if a new home cannot be found. The fate that awaits them loose seldom ends well.

The chance remains that this kitten will be put to sleep. Ugh, I hate to hand her over now, but I can’t put the birds in harms way.

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