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Growing cats in the greenhouse.

Allen is one of my parents farm cats and is spoiled.  He is the only one allowed into the greenhouse and he loves it in there.  He rarely lies on plants or destroys stuff.  I occasionally find him rolling in the catnip or sleeping on the onion plants.  He than gets a shot of water and I pick a few catnip leaves for him and carry him to a more appropriate place to lie and roll in catnip.

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Sleeping in water. Can’t be too comfy, but he didn’t seem to mind. He was dripping wet when he finally decided to find a much better place to lie down.
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This tray is usually full of water and we use it to water the plants that we just seeded or coming up. Allen decided it was warm and plunked himself in.
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The onion plants that Allen loves lying on. My parents have a mini greenhouse inside the larger greenhouse to save on heating costs.  The greenhouse is 20 feet wide by 80 feet long.  We grow tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse.  We also have a 5 acre market garden.
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Dumping cats and talking cats

This is Allen, one of my parent’s farm cats.

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Ohhhh, this is the life, spoiled rotten.

He either wandered onto their yard or he was dumped.  I’m amazed at how many people dump their cats in the country.  It’s so sad seeing these abandoned cats and it’s not a good idea to dump cats in the country.  The dog my parent’s has knows which cat belongs on the yard and which doesn’t.  He usually runs strays off the yard.  Also some farms only want a certain amount of cats and will have to kill kittens/cats once they go over the amount.  Also farm cats can have a rough life (lots of fighting and sickness) and have a life span of 5 years (whereas indoors have a lifespan of around 15 years).  In our area there is no animal shelter so people have no place to take their unwanted pets.  My parent’s spend over $100 (which is way way more than what they want to spend) a month on cat food and don’t want no more cats so I hope no more will be dumped on their yard.

We know Allen use to be an indoor cat because he was well taken care of and is fixed.  He is a spoiled rotten cat and is well taken care of at my parent’s place.  Allen is one big tomcat and loves to TALK.  I always thought I would love a talking cat, but after being around Allen I don’t want a cat that talks.  You can have a nice conversation with Allen, but after a while you wish for peace and quiet.  Whenever you walk into the barn, Allen makes his presence known and if you respond to his meowing he gets louder.  Luckly my three cats are for the most part quiet and if they start meowing non-stop, they get to go for a walk outside (they hate being outside) and that quiets them down.

This link lists the 9 most talkative breeds of cats:  http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/meet-9-chatty-cat-breed  So before you get a very chatty cat make sure it is something that you can handle.  I get stressed when my cats start meowing non-stop because I know what they want (FOOD) and they won’t get it because I don’t want obese cats.  I am sensitive to sounds so non-stop meowing would make me go batty.

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Meow, meow.  Pet me please.  Like as in now.  Pet me NOW.
Meow, meow. Pet me please. Like as in now. Pet me NOW.