First Annual Barn Cat Awards


The Domestication of Cattle CaitToday I walked into my barn and panicked.

One of my adorable Silver rabbit babies had escaped from his mother and was enjoying his newfound freedom, racing around the floor like a teeny Mario Andretti. This would be a perfectly simple problem that could be solved with a net or a little coaxing, except that I had just brought home a new tomcat about a week and a half ago. This tomcat, whom I dubbed Rowan (Roe for short), was proving to be a first-rate mouser, but I've learned that first-rate mousers also tend to be first-rate bunny killers. I don't blame them, considering it's natural instinct and all that, but that Silver baby is a little young to face death.

I spotted Roe out of the corner of my eye, and quick as a flash he bolted towards the baby. I yelled, "Roe, no!" just as he ... flopped over on his side and let the bunny run all over him. The bunny bolted over him a few times, Roe half-heartedly batted at him, and then gave up to allow himself to become essentially a furry jungle gym. It appears that I don't have a bunny killer after all. I watched this cuteness for about 2 minutes before ruining Baby's day and putting him back in Mom's cage.

Needless to say, Roe got fresh goat milk and a solid petting session this morning.


Roe came to me from a former coworker's house to replace Sam and Tom, our last barn cats. Tom is retired and Sam has since passed, leaving my sister's gray female, Kitty, to take over the barn. Kitty is a terrible mouser, but is great at catching birds, which is no help to anybody. It took my parents some convincing before they finally let me go get Roe – the last straw was finding a mouse swimming in my milk bucket when I came back from putting the goats away. I went and picked Roe up that afternoon and have not seen a mouse since.

6/10/2014 9:58:04 AM

Love a good Mouser.

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