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Monday, December 30, 2013

A Winter Discard - Our new Cat, Claire


 This is Claire. She was in our woodpile when it was below zero and the creek was frozen a few weeks ago. She was eating the bread  I'd left for the raccoons for its moisture content, by-passing the dry cat food. She was dehydrated and  famished (a big black tom was thinking he got first choice at the food - not sure the raccoons were getting any of it, but they always manage). It took a couple of days to catch her. Once inside a warm house with some decent food, she showed that she was gently raised, affectionate, and has good toilet habits. Someone had dumped her - city folk think cats will do just fine out in the country. Not true.

Pepper and Claire

Claire and Pepper get along well. But we have to keep her in Jay's office (especially since she was recently spayed), because Geordie


furiously attacks her, intent on driving her from his home. He is so big with long sharp claws and big teeth, with fur like armor. She is so small. I doubt she's fully-grown. 

How did such a cute little fellow

Geordie as kitten

                                               become such a bully and ruffian?

Harry, our 16 year-old, just stares at her through the open doorway and goes on his way. Sleep is his priority.

I'm sure it will eventually work out -- in the spring.


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. So glad Claire found you! It makes me crazy when people drop their cats off in the country. Geordie is a handsome piece of work--hope he comes around. And Harry is 16! He's got the right idea, all cozy in the blanket.

    1. Thanks, Jen. I can hardly wait for spring to see if she's a born hunter - she'll have to work off some of the weight she's gaining. Can't stop eating.