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Barnyard Babies: Cats

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Our cats are definitely not babies anymore, except in the sense of “big” and “spoiled.” But since all our other critters have gotten their day in the spotlight, I thought maybe the cats should too!


Meowy remains our mouser supreme. She also catches squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and lizards. She’s almost always outside, and only comes in to eat.

Sam and Riley seem to split their time between inside and outside. Sam still adores Riley, and Riley still just tolerates Sam.
Sam using Riley as a pillow.

Sam is our resident scardy-cat. He runs and hides at every little thing.

Sam in the laundry basket.

Riley is our old-timer, now over 12-years-old. 


He still gets around, but but slower than he used to. His primary responsibility is to make sure Dan and I keep the cat food bowls topped off.

Occasionally, we’ll hand harvest an area that is growing grasses or forage that we’d like to dry for the goats. The cats love it that we toss it onto a large tarp to dry. This is helpful when we’re having popup showers, so we can quickly roll the tarp up and put it under the carport.

Sam and Riley on the hay tarp.

All the cats love to lounge on the hay tarps, except Katy. 

Riley and Meowy on the hay tarp.

Katy is a self-designated lap and indoor cat. Lately, she’s taken up residence in the t-shirt cubby in my closet.

Katy, comfy on a pile of t-shirts.

The problem with this is that she messes up the piles and knocks t-shirts out of the closet and onto the floor. I’m constantly having to pick up after her!

Come cold weather, they’ll all pretty much move into the house. Meowy will still go out a lot, but even she loves to sleep by the woodstove. For now, though, we have good outside coverage for all cat-size varmints. 


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