Kitties Get a Home

| 12/18/2018 10:15:00 AM

Kara and Gypsy

Kara with Gypsy in the farmhouse, and Gypsy meets Lena.  Photo by Kara Berlage.

You may recall the story I wrote about the momma cat and her kittens that were dumped on the farm and took up residence in the woodshed.  Many of you have been asking for an update on the kitty story, and we are happy to report that they are all doing well and have been homed.  Here is the update:

As temperatures dropped and momma cat (who Kara named Gypsy) learned that we have two herding dogs on the farm, she moved the crew into the machine shed.  Here, the crew could mouse in peace and hide from the wind.  Within a few short weeks, the mouse and vole population dropped, the red squirrels lost their boldness, and the kittens appeared to double in size.

The crew had settled in at the farm, but if the situation was left untended, there would no doubt soon be a feral cat population explosion—and an in-bred one at that.  It was time to be stewards of the situation.

For weeks, Kara worked to gain as much trust as possible with the cats—bringing food and setting up a dog kennel filled with warm blankets.  Soon the kittens would play in the open when they saw her coming with food, though they remained too skittish to catch.

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