This is the face she makes when I ask “Should we go see the kitties?”
This is the face the kitties make when they hear us coming downstairs.
I think there’s panic there as they hear the high-pitched squeals and the pitter patter of a one-year-old running down the hall and flopping her body down on the floor to get a good look at them under the bed.
And, well, this is how the rest of it goes.
Notice dad’s hand working to contain the excitement.
I should really video it to give you the full effect these tiny fur balls have on my tiny bundle of energy. But I’m usually too busy working on protecting them from that same enthusiasm and I don’t want to be distracted.
Oh, there’s nothing like having a pile of fur babies around the ranch. I’ve had a few people comment, asking why we don’t get our cats fixed out here, and the answer has to do with the fact that we live on a ranch and every animal, even our pets, serves a helpful purpose. (These days Brown Dog’s happens to be to keep us company and our arms and backs strong from lifting him in and out of the pickup.)
Anyway, simply put, farms and ranches have mice and we need cats to help us remedy that situation.
The laws and truths of nature aren’t pretty sometimes.
But these kitties are.
The other reason is that we haven’t had a stray tom cat lurking around this place for years so we haven’t had to practice cat birth control lately. These kittens were the first batch we’ve had out here for a long time, a sweet little winter surprise, and lucky too, because they got to be born in the house instead of in the barn.
Soon a few of them will be ready to go to some of our friends’ homes who are looking for pets and pest helpers and we’ll keep the rest to help us keep this place varmint free.
And there will be plenty of snuggling to go around.
This is a story I’ve told before, but when I was growing up, my cousins and I would go to the farm to visit gramma in the spring and summer and spend our days hunting around the farmstead for the newest batch of kittens. We got good at knowing the usual locations–a stack of hay bales, in the hole of an old tire, inside the old threshing machine–and we were so serious about our efforts we named ourselves “The Kitten Caboodle Club.”
We even made uniforms (a.k.a we puffy painted gramma’s old t-shirts).
So it looks like Edie is the newest member of the KCC and I think she might be a natural. All we need now is some puffy paint.
Peace, Love and Whiskers,