Meet the homestead cats
They say a house is not a home without a cat!
We would hate to have just a house! Cats add entertainment and sometimes frustrations, but we’d not have a home without them! We try to keep things cozy around the homestead by keeping the cats happy! And the cats keep us company too!
From time to time, you’ll see our cats. They’re out and about, take walks, tend the garden, dig, and trim the herbs for us. Pretty handy creatures. If only we could train them on WHICH herbs to trim!
You can meet each homestead cat by name.
This is Hairball, our oldest homestead cat. He’s half deaf, around 15 years old, and has proven himself to be as faithful as they come. We used to think he was a bully, but now we know that he was just misunderstood and slandered by all the female cats he lives with. Hairball is a big sweetie, and lately you will find him snuggling on a furry blanket, or on someone’s lap if they let him!
Hairball is slow and easy going. Always has been. His voice is no more than a whisper, except on the rare occasion when someone steps on his tail, which brings out the strength to his vocal cords.
To say that, “everyone loves Hairball” would be no exaggeration.
Poppy is a peculiar kitty. She has a sweet heart, but you’ll rarely ever see her to find this out. Poppy spends most of her days hiding under the bed, running away from strangers, including members of our family, but she does have her favorites. Poppy loves Greg, and Greg seems to understand Poppy. I’m on Poppy’s acceptable list too. When we first got her, she hid under our bed for a week before finally venturing out, but no farther than our bedroom door.
When the boys were small, Poppy knew exactly when they should be in bed. Out she could come at around 8:15 pm, ready for some peace and quiet. If we were late, she’d be looking down the hallway to see what was up. Then, she was happy to eat a small bowl of popcorn, which is what ultimately earned her the name of Poppy Popcorn, obviously shortened to just Poppy.
Poppy’s language of communication is scolding. She’s very good at voicing her opinion, and usually does it loudly. If you are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Poppy you will find that she is always fearful, but every now and then she gets brave enough to come out for long enough to lick Greg’s stubbly chin.
Little Bit is a cat with much personality. She’s a free talker, scared of strangers, but she knows who her family is. Little Bit is a seasoned traveler, having braved a cross-country trip to California, and five months in a camper with the family. Little Bit is also very good with her opinions, and fairly free with her love. On a good day.
On a bad day she will simply ignore you or turn her back on you.
Tiger is our orange ball of fluff, who is loving and affectionate when she wants to be, and aloof and unavailable if it’s not her day. Tiger spends her time sprawled out right where you want to stand, and she doesn’t like to be budge when she’s comfortable. Tiger will sit on your lap if it’s her idea, but mostly she likes to sit beside you, were you can properly adore her. Tiger loves to take walks with us, but she never gets more than about 10 feet before she flops down on the ground and put her legs up in the air.
Stinker has sass. Stinker is Tiger’s daughter, and gets along with Tiger and Hairball. She thinks she a bold adventurer both inside the house and out along the trails. She would like to have more adventures. Stinker has a loving heart in spite of her name and loves to snuggle with the boys, as well as chat if you come to visit her in her house.
￼A Cat Makes it Cozy
A house is just a house without a cat! Each furry friend contributes in some small or big way to what makes our homestead a home.
A cat just makes things cozy!!
Over the years, we have enjoyed many stories in our home. Some of our favorites have been written by Jim Herriot.
We own the Treasury of Animal Stories, and some of my favorites from that book include Buster, The Cat About Town, and The Cat Who Came for Christmas. But they’re not all cat stories. The story about Blossom the cow is quite memorable!
There is a collection of just cat stories, too, which is on my list for Kindle. He just has a way of relating his experiences that can make you laugh or even cry!
How many Cats does Your Homestead Have?
What are your favorite Cat stories?
Can you tell which color are my favorites?