Trace Oswald wrote:Our dogs protect our cats from coyotes, and we have lots of those. Our newest cat is a stray. I started seeing it when I went out to lock the chickens up at night, it would be in the chicken coop. It was a tiny kitten at the time I first saw it. It was very skinny, so I started feeding it in the coop. Just out of curiosity, I went out to check later at night a few times. Each time, it would be nestled in among the chickens, sometimes under one. The chickens never bothered the cat, or vice versa. This one is such an efficient killing machine, we nicknamed it "The Reaper". As a kitten, it was killing rats in the chicken coop nearly as big as it was, and that isn't an exaggeration. My coop became infested with rats last summer. I would come home and see 6 or 8 drinking from the chicken waterer on hot days. I dispatched some with my pellet gun and a few with traps, but there were a lot of them, and they were too clever to get by those means. The Reaper took care of that. After a few weeks, there wasn't a rat to be found. We moved the cat into our shop when it got really cold and made it a little heated house. I'm not sure it ever used it. On warmer days (anything above 10 F or so), we would leave the door open in case the cat wanted to get out. Every time, it would move back in with the chickens, so it basically lives in the coop now. I can't get near it, but if my lady goes out to feed it, she will sit down and it climbs right up in her lap. It enjoys having her pet it, but it doesn't like to be held, picked up, carried.
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