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Life on the farm - always interesting

  1. Jul 26, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Little Tyke [my office cat] came into the office and started making a lot of noise knocking about. Then I realized why: She had brought in a snake that was close to a four-feet long! Cripes!!! After fighting to keep her away and finally managing to catch the snake by grabbing the tail, as I was heading towards the door, I looked up to see, again, as a best guess, fourteen baby turkeys, and two adults, right outside the door. That was by far the biggest snake, and the most turkeys I have ever seen here all at once, in twenty years.

    It certainly made for an interesting moment.
     
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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    Little Tyke has turned into a grown-up cat? Do we get to see big-kitty pictures of her?

    What kind of snake lives close to you that grows to four feet long? And how did the cat manage to haul it in?

    And, um, turkeys? There's almost something surreal about that whole image. Were they waiting to be let in? :biggrin:
     
  4. Jul 26, 2009 #3

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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    I'm betting it's a garter snake, they can get pretty big. They're lovely :!!).

    My kitty, Sweet Miss Pheobe, used to capture them...thank goodness she doesn't any more.
     
  5. Jul 26, 2009 #4

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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    http://www.naturesafariindia.com/gifs/liger4.jpg [Broken]

    I don't know what it was, but it wasn't a rattler.

    Yeah, we get them every year, but we've never had this many. I don't know if that was one flock or two hanging out together...

    Little Tyke is a very small cat. I don't think we have any recent pictures but I'll post one later this week. She probably hasn't changed all that much since you last saw her except that she is now the mighty hunter. :rolleyes: She does eat a lot of field mice and voles; and of course she always wants me to see them first. Then she hides away somewhere close where I can hear the poor little critters screaming their last.
     
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  6. Jul 26, 2009 #5
    Re: Timing can be very strange

    I've seen garter snakes before. They lived around where I grew up in Ontario. (Now that I think about it, I can't recall ever seeing a snake out here on the prairies.) But, so, yes, garter snake. Not ever one longer than about six inches, though.

    Seriously they can get that big?
     
  7. Jul 26, 2009 #6
    Re: Timing can be very strange

    Smarty pants. :devil:


    You mean just roving bands of turkeys?



    Last I recall seeing her, she'd just grown a wee bit bigger than the end of your thumb. That she's now a mighty hunter is an amazing rescue story.
     
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  8. Jul 26, 2009 #7

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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    I guess...? Wild turkeys show up each year about this time and, for reasons unknown, they disappear just before Thanksgiving. I don't know if the timing of their disappearance each year is a coincidence or not.

    When they are very young the cats will go after them. In fact we once saw our cats teaming up with the neighbor cats to corral the flock and then go for the straggler.

    Yeah, it was touch and go for a long time but she is doing great. While she is now disappearing throughout most of the day [sleeping or out hunting], I'm still her mama. :biggrin: She was a year old about April 1st. [wait, maybe that was June 1st... I forget, but just over a year now].
     
  9. Jul 27, 2009 #8
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    An Indian couple moved into an apartment complex I was working at and found some mouse droppings in their apartment. I had to talk with them for about a half hour to convince them the droppings were not from a snake and that snakes are rather rare around here. I suppose with the number of snakes they don't likely get alot of mice scurrying around in India.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2009 #9
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    They have a few rat temples in India. Maybe the problem was that they weren't expecting so few droppings.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOk8iC-WhwU

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,947662,00.html
     
  11. Jul 28, 2009 #10

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  14. Jul 28, 2009 #13
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    Wow, Ivan, she's changed whole bunches! She turned into a full-sized, healthy looking, kitty. She's still adorable. Thanks for the updated picture. I fell madly in love with her when she was your teeny tiny one and still think she's just grand.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2009 #14

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    Thanks. Yeah, she is still my baby though. :biggrin:

    Like I said, she pretty small... I think about 8 Lbs, and she still won't drink water, but we supplement her diet with milk for cats. When she was a few months old I started noticing that she was looking frail; then I noticed that she never drank [after she went off the bottle]. I put her on Cat Sip brand cat milk and she has been great ever since. I do have to add the caveat that to her, dry food is not food. She will starve to death before she would eat it. So, unfortunatly, we are into canned food. UGH! Then of course it is impossible to keep the other cats out of her food, and so goes the social drama of the cat world.

    She is incredibly playful. Only in the last few weeks has she actually given me dirty looks a few times - when I was combing the burrs out of her tail - but otherwise she is nothing but love and play. The last time I took her to the vet, the tech was cracking up. She said that she has never seen a cat try to play while their temperature is being taken! :biggrin:
     
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  16. Jul 29, 2009 #15
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    Funny she won't drink water and you have to substitute liquids. I likely mentioned before (not that I'd expect you to remember) that my cat, Bean, doesn't drink water at all either. She used to, when she ate dry food, but then she decided she didn't want to eat it any longer. So she only eats wet food and, with that, quit drinking water. She's perfectly hydrated and her kidneys and bladder perform the way they're supposed to. And I leave fresh water out for her constantly, and change it a couple of times a day for her. I have for, oh, over five years, now. And she won't touch it. I'd not heard of it before.

    Little Tyke is a wonderful story. I love that she won your heart so thoroughly. :smile:

    Now, about these wandering turkeys. Really? That's another thing I've not heard of before. They're wild? Do they eat snakes? Perhaps they'd congregated at your door in search of the snake? :biggrin:
     
  17. Jul 29, 2009 #16

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyL2vAUVOM0
     
  18. Jul 29, 2009 #17

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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    The vet said that cats that eat canned food and don't drink water tend to be better hydrated than cats that eat dry food and do drink water! Kind of tells you what you pay for in that can. Still, she improved noticeably and almost immediately when we put her on the milk. I noticed that she would really go after milk in a cereal bowl, so it seemed worth a try.

    I'm a sucker for a cute girl with stripes and spots.

    I don't know why they land here each year or where they go. They were right outside the door again a few hours ago. If we don't already have a picture that I can post, I will try to get one.

    It is too bad that I didn't get a photo of our baby deers this year. When I first spotted the mom and two babies, the little ones were probably only a day or two old. They were tiny.
     
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  20. Jul 29, 2009 #19
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    No, I hadn't seen that one. That's quite a bunch of skunks.
     
  21. Jul 29, 2009 #20

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    Re: Timing can be very strange

    Wow, I read that line before I saw the pic... I love it! It can refer to any of a number of life's crappy situations..."it's quite a bunch of skunks!" :approve:
     
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