Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

After work last night I went by Bob’s to ask him about the kittens, and he said he hadn’t brought us any! What are the odds that a couple of kittens would show up in our barn on the same day that we were supposed to get some? Bob had kept the kitten that we found last week over the weekend, and in that time he found out where it came from. Another neighbor had a litter of kittens, and this particular one was so wild that nobody could catch it. The only reason we caught it was that it was soaked and scared and stuck in a ditch. Bob managed to catch it, but he said it tore him up. He told me “You don’t want that cat.” I couldn’t disagree with that! We picked out two other kittens that were much calmer, and I took them home. I set them up in a big dog crate, so they have lots of room. The grey one is friendly with me, but he HATES the dogs – puffs up real big and hisses. The orange one hasn’t accepted his new home yet. I can handle him, but he hasn’t eaten anything (that I know of), and he glares at me as if to say “I hate you.” Typical cat behavior, right? The good thing about him is that he took a swing at Zeus thru the cage last night. He must have missed because there was no yipping. The orange one is probably a week or so older than the grey one. Hopefully he’ll come around in a few days.

This morning when I went out to check on the kittens, I found THREE kittens sleeping OUTSIDE the dog crate! There were two orange ones and one black speckled one. My two were still inside the cage, so now there are FIVE kittens in the barn! Of course the stray ones ran away, but I got a good look at them this time. Neither of us are interested in having five cats, so we’re not sure what we’re going to do yet. I could see where the stray kittens had reached thru the bars and pulled food out of the bowl to the edge to eat some. Zeus is in full ‘cat hunting’ mode right now, and he spends all his time at the back of the barn where the stray kittens hide. He’s in for a surprise when one of them finally stands up to him and slashes him on the nose!