Newcomer

We just got visited by a new cat today, outside our living room window, so of course we went a little overboard with the pictures! 😀

My daughter spotted him and got the first few photos through the lilac bushes.

He was lurking where we leave food for Junk Pile kitten still, even though he now regularly goes to the house, and even into the sun room, for food. Because I usually have 3 or 4 cats following me as I put food out, I spread it out, including on this log I brought over for a seat. I don’t know how much food was left around there, but it looks like our visitor found at least a little to eat!

The number of cats lurking around the house has dropped quite a bit over the last while. Of the visiting toms, only Nicky the Nose has been showing up once in a while, and he quickly leaves. I haven’t seen Slick or Not-Slick in a month or two. Even of our own adult cats, most seem to have moved on; I haven’t seen Guildenstern, Jim, Bob or Rolando Moon in a long time. Rosencrantz comes by, but not often; Beep Beep and Butterscotch both tend to chase her off! Doom Guy is the only adult male still hanging around, and he hasn’t been well. We did get medication for him and he has gotten better, but he still prefers to spend most of his time in the sun room or near the house.

We shall see who starts showing up again in the winter, when food and shelter will be more reliable.

We will be keeping an eye out for our newcomer, too!

The Re-Farmer

Critter of the Day: Dave status

Our new indoor addition is settling in fairly well. He’s so tiny, we’ve had to supervise him rather closely, in case he got stuck somewhere. Plus, the other cats aren’t too keen on the new addition.

This is him next to my wireless phone charger. He can just barely clamber over it, when he wants to walk down the window sill. 😀

He looks almost regal and majestic, here.

This is more typical.

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You’re not Slick!

One of my daughters let me know that the water bowl in the sun room was no longer on its heater, so when I had a moment, I went out with a pitcher of fresh warm water, heading through the Old Kitchen to fix it.

On opening the inner door, I noticed the food bowl in the sun room was empty, so I paused to grab some kibble to top it up.

Of course, as soon as I opened the door, there was a flurry of cats running out of the sun room, while others were running towards the Old Kitchen door.  I saw Ferdinand run out, and then Slick headed for the door.

Except…

Wait a minute.

Is that Slick?

Thanks to Ferdinand staying in the doorway, preventing the other cat from getting out, I was able to grab a few quick pictures.  I had to show it to my daughters to confirm.

This is not Slick.

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What I did not see until my daughter pointed it out to me, not only is Ferdinand in the doorway, but Nicky the Nose is outside, looking through the window. 

The new cat finally ran past Ferdinand when I opened the door.  I never saw Nicky the Nose at all, but Ferdinand did not run off like he usually does.  He actually hung around, watching me from just a few feet away, as I knocked the ice out of the outside water bowl and refilled it, as well as topping up one of the outside food bowls.

The water bowl was indeed knocked off the concrete block, but there was no spill.  It was completely dry!  With the outside bowl frozen over, they were very happy to have fresh water.

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He has the saddest expression on his face!

My older daughter had been seeing a strange cat that was more grey than Slick, off and on, but this is the first time I’ve finally seen him.  So he’s actually been around for a little while.

This brings us to 14 outside cats in total.  The 6 kittens.  Beep Beep, Butterscotch, Rolando Moon and The Hand are all cats we were feeding when we first moved out here.  Slick, Nicky the Nose, Ferdinand, and now this guy.  That’s basically twice as many as we were regularly feeding last winter.

No wonder we’re going through the cat kibble so fast!  😉

The Re-Farmer

Nicky the Nose

This guy is now quite the regular.

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The way that patch of colour is on his nose, it sometimes looks like it’s injured and swollen.  Nope.  Just a splotch of colour.

It’s kind of funny to see this guy in the pile of kittens.  They’re pretty much adult size now, but not quite there, yet.  Then there’s Nicky. 😀  Interesting that they’ve accepted him like that.

Standoff!

While working in my office this morning, our Mama cat started getting all agitated, and going up to the window.  That’s when I realized I was hearing a low growling noise from outside.

This is what we saw.

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It’s a dad-cat standoff!

No wonder our Mama wasn’t happy!

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I’ve never seen this cat before, though I think the girls have.

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This is the one that showed up in the sun room, one day. 😀

It should be interesting to see how things pan out with these two, over the winter!

The Re-Farmer

 

 

Visiting kits and cats

While getting photos of the birds, I saw Jim at the base of the planter and started taking pictures of him, as well.

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Then The Outsider came through from the other side and posed!

It looks like The Outsider has moved right in with our cats.  It seems a bit odd that a lone kitten would show up like this.  It may be from a neighboring farm, but in that case, I would expect it to go home and only show up once in a while.  Alternatively, he may have been abandoned; something that still happens, unfortunately.

Whatever the reason, we are happy to have him, and so are the other kittens!

Then we have our other visitors.  Like this guy.

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It seems to now be a pretty sure thing that this is “dad cat”, that the girls would sometimes see while raking the yard.  We’d never really seen his face before, so no one recognized him when he showed up in the sun room a while back.  He’s coming closer to the house more often, and not just to quickly grab some food, and we’ve been able to get a better look at him and his rather distinctive face markings!

There is a grey cat that also comes around.  The grey and Dad Cat got into a big and nasty fight under our living room window a few days back.

I would not be surprised if we find ourselves with more kittens in the not too distant future. :-/

The Re-Farmer