Barn Cat

Clima Glyn is our barn cat.  She got her name partly due to her climbing abilities and partly due to someone that I once knew of the same name and self-confident disposition.

She is responsible for rodent control.  This job is particularly important as mice and rats can carry disease as well as eat or foul feed intended for livestock.  Clima likes to occupy the high perches for good observation purposes.  She particularly likes to sit on top of posts in the barn or around the barnyard.  For that reason, we sometimes refer to her as a “pole cat”.

Clima came to the farm in an interesting way.   I discussed  my rodent problem in the barn with my daughter.  She insisted that I not use chemical rat poisons as she often saw dogs in Vet school that had eaten rats that had consumed rat poison, or had actually eaten the poison directly.  Not being a cat person, I was reluctant to follow her advice in getting a barn cat.  In an effort to appease her while still not getting a cat, I offered to get a cat under the condition that I would only agree to a bob-tailed barn cat.  I like the tailless cats as they have the reputation of being good mousers.

Forgetting how focused my daughter can be, I thought the issue would be forgotten…until two days later when I got the phone call that she had found a bob-tailed barn cat and would I please drive up to get her.  What is a father to do?  The cat was about 6 months old and was living with a family of six on a horse farm.   The two older children were both girls and had given the cat  much socialization by carrying her around, petting, etc.

Upon arriving on the farm and assuming the role of barn cat, Clima Glyn has  performed well as a mouser and keeps the barn relatively rat-free.  She has recently decided to become more involved with the farm tours and now routinely comes out to meet the tour groups.  The children find her mesmerizing.

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