Tom and Eva

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Been a while since I paid a visit to the barn to see Tom and Eva. Three-legged Tom, so named because he has a bum front leg, has been our resident barn tomcat for the last few years.

Eva has lived in the barn for years and years, and raises a litter of kittens every summer.

Eva is named after Eva Braun (Hitler’s wife) due to her resemblence to Hitler with her little mustache.

Eva is not tame and gets rather growly if we get too close.

Tom though is very friendly and loves to be petted, but is kinda nervous at the same time. If I walk up to him he runs away, but if I crouch down and sidle up to him slowly, he’ll let me pet him.  When he sees me he rolls about on the ground making little plaintive meow sounds, which is his way of asking for attention.

So I pet him, and oh, how loves it. He purrs like a freight train, like it’s the best thing to happen to him all day. What a flirt he is.
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18 comments to Tom and Eva

  • Julie

    I’m sorry to be negative, but Eva needs to be spayed, and Tom needs to see a vet if he hasn’t already.

    Thanks,

    J.

  • Tina

    Awwwww. I love Tom, he is so sweet. We have an office stray cat named Oscar, that we have fed for 2 years now. He acts the same way. He is not quite sure of anyone and is ready to run but is so sweet when he purrs. Gotta love them. By the way, what do you do with all thoe kittens that Eva has?

  • Amy

    Would love to see these two beautiful cats more often! Enjoyed the post!!!

  • Tom is so precious!! I love the last photo of him…makes me want to scratch his belly. You have to put food out for them right?? I’m sure they eat mice…I think you mentioned before that you put food out for them.

  • Glenda

    Great photos! Love the cats.

  • Doe in Mi

    They are pretty cats but, barn cats are not animals that you get close to and call your pet like Kitty Kitty. We had cats on the farm when I was a kid, lots of barn cats but, I had only one pet. I’m writing this because I see Julie up towards the top here is worried about Tom and Eva. Nice that Harland feeds them everyday. We always fed the cats too. They were always strays.

    • Suzanne

      This is true Doe. I agree with Julie that animals should be spayed/neutered, but Eva is as wild as can be and there’s no way we could get her to the vet. Barn cats come and go too, different ones from month to month, with the exception of Tom and Eva, so the expense of spaying/neutering would be prohibitive.

      • Louise S

        Your readers who are not farm people probably have difficulty really understanding the difference between barn cats and domesticated cats. It would take an Act of Congress to capture a barn cat, and even if you did, there would be a lot of blood……..and it wouldn’t be the cat’s.

  • sparkly jules

    Hi all,

    Although I’m a city slicker, I am familiar with the term “Barn Cat.” Essentially, they are feral cats. I have a friend who lives in a large metropolitan area in California, and she has a cat who lives in her backyard. After the cat had birthed about 3 litters in her yard, she got a trap from the Humane Society, trapped her, and had her fixed for a very small amount. She then returned her to her yard, where she lives and is fed by my friend with no more pregnancies, and no more unwanted kittens that might end up euthanized regardless.

    Here is a list of organizations that can help you care for feral cats.

    http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/feral_cat_organizations.html

    Call me a bleeding heart, but they are living, breathing animals, with personalities and feelings, and they get hurt, and they suffer. And just because they are “barn cats,” doesn’t mean we should ignore them when they hurt. And that includes pregnancy after pregnancy. There’s no reason for it. It’s 2012–we have options. And we can choose to be kind.

    Thanks,

    Jules

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