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Little did we know we were
harboring a bunch of criminals
here on the farm.
Mos of them do wear the classic
black and white coloration,
thought it’s scattered in miscellan
neous patches across their coats
and not in neat, prison-garb,
stripes. And their wide-eyed inno
cence and affectionate friendli
ness is completely disarming.
You’d certainly never expect
criminal-behavior from them.
No, not the cows. The bam cats.
Our bam cats d 0... what bam
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cats are supposed to do. Catch var
mits mice and rats.
At least they’re supposed to do
that. What they prefer is milk and
catfood handouts and long naps in
the hay. They do on occasion per
form the classic domestic pest
elimination duties, which cats
have rendered since the first tam
ed sabre-toothed tiger nabbed a
mouse in the underground digs of
What started me worrying
about their potential as criminals
was a somewhat mind-boggling
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item I read recently in a newspa
It seems that a 69-year-old New
Jersey man has been slapped withi
rather harsh fines for killing a rat
in his gardne two summonses,
each carrying up to six months in
jail and a $1,250 fine. The sum
monses for cruelty were reported
ly levied by a humane organiza
tion that he called to pick up the
carcass after clubbin'g a tomato
chomping rat with a newspaper
wrapped broom handle.
(READER ALERT: If you
don’t have a strong stomach or
you are eating lunch it may be
in your best personal interest to
discontinue reading this.)
In light of the above fines levied
for killing a rat, our cats are in big
We have at least two cats. Foxy
and Pebbles, who spend an in
creasing amount of time sitting
near probable rat holes, on full
scale hunting alert. Both are often
in the dairy barm during milking
chores, keeping watch near the
manure gutters where rats arc
know to scurry about from time to
Neither is quite as good at nab-
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bing the oversized rodents yet as
our legendary bam cat hunter. Ma
ma Gray. It became rather com
monplace for her to literally reach
a paw down through the steel grat
ing over the dairy bam manure
gutters and pull up a plump rat that
happened to be passing by. Both
Foxy and Pebbles trace their an
cestry to the now-deceased and
truly-missed Mama Gray and may
have inherited her hunting finesse.
However, I’m not sure we can
afford bail for them, if they did.
Even worse, what if they get
caught not only killing but in cat
fashion, playfully catching anc
chasing their ratty victims as a
prelude to the slaughter?
Also, should the death-penalty
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be considered for the cat which on
a regular basis last summer stalk
ed the perimeter of the pond and
frequently dines on fresh frog
legs? While the frogs were still
very much alive.
(Are you totally “grossed out”
yet? Believe me, we were the day
we found the live frog, missing
both its back legs.)
I shall rest uneasy for some per
iod of time through the future,
worried that the paddywagon may
come and haul away our resident
rat catchers on cruelty charges.
Conviction, however, could be
They generally eat the evi
dence. Or most of it, anyway.
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