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Monday, August 06, 2007

Gardening Kittens

It seems as though every year one of my planted food items goes uncontrollably. Last year it was pole beans, the year before that corn, this year tomatoes. And my garden journal does little to predict who will do better than the others. What it does tell me is the things I have done differently.

This year was late planting. So I am unable to say if my other crops will be doing poorly. But as it has reach triple digits here, I would guess that the others will not be fairing as well.

I have canned 19 pints of ketchup, 6 pints of salsa, 15 pints of pizza sauce, 6 pints of spaghetti sauce, and 3 1/2 pints tomato juice. And I am far from being done.

On the animal front, something happened this weekend I have never seen before. We have a kitten that is 4 1/2 months old. Usually we can tell by now {actually right after birth} if it is a male or female. We are struggling with this one. But that isn't the strange thing I am talking about. I have read that adult Toms will eat newborn kittens, though I have never had this problem. Our Tom is loving and takes great care of all the kittens that come into the house {on top of being a pervert, he will come running to love on me when I am changing clothes}. This weekend we had a litter. A few hours after they were born, I caught this kitten eating one of the newborns. The newborn was dying, and I had left it with mom to see if it would come out of it. I assumed it had died. I took the newborn from the kitten and disposed of it. Later that evening I heard mewing, and the kitten was attempting to eat one of the living newborns. The newborn survived and the kitten was promptly kicked out of the house, until my middle son let him in, and the kitten did it again. Like I said, I have never heard of a kitten doing this. It's not like it hasn't eaten in awhile. ~shiver~

11 comments:

Howling Hill said...

You may want to point Susan from Wildrun to this post. She may be able to shed some light on the situation.

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Stephanie said...

Poor babies! That is strange

Briana said...

Ew...

My sister and I had two hamsters when we were kids. One ate the other (I think the eaten one had been sick). We let the cannibal go in the woods -- which was probably cruel of us, in retrospect -- because we couldn't stand the idea of condoning its behavior.

I didn't know cats would do that. Ick!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

peculiar, indeed. I have never heard of this before. Our rooster appropriately named alpha male helped take care of his chicks with the hen. they are now on their own and doing well. I though it a bit strange. I could take a baseball bat to the thing, but that is another post.

Celeste said...

That is strange. I have never heard of it before at least not with a young kitten.

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Queen Whackamole said...

-shiver-

Monster kitten appeared in my dreams last night... it was hiding in a corner of our yard, eating a nest of racoons. Yeeks.

-shiver-

Phelan said...

QW, OMG! I am so sorry. What a horrible dream!

lisa said...

That's really icky! Wonder what's wrong with that kitten...can cats be sociopaths? I had kept some stray kittens in a cage outdoors one time, and a wild animal (raccoon, I think) came along and got hold of one poor kitten, leaving nothing but a skull stripped clean to the bone! One other kitten had a corner of its' ear chewed off, and the others were terrified, of course. So they all came indoors after that, and no more outdoor kitten housing!

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