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Friday Farm Cat Blogging

Here is Fluffalo, rhymes with bison.  He stays around the house, and patrols the greens and herb gardens.

Fluffalo

Photo credit: © L. Butler

An extraordinarily gentle creature, he is, nonetheless, our best mouser. and, thankfully, seems to have lost his desire to hunt birds.

He really likes people, in a very kitten-like way, but often cowers when approached.  Get down on his level, and he warms up.  It isn’t really that he’s all that timid – he stood up to a rattlesnake (and survived the bite, I’m not sure I can say the same about the snake) – but I think the height of people looming over him makes his nervous.

I’m pretty sure Fluffalo had a more dignified name once upon a time, but no one can seem to recall it.  He’s just Fluffalo.

Fluffalo was a rescue kitten.  Our thanks to Brad and Linda Briske for finding him for us.

–posted by Steven

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Friday Farm Cat Blogging

Cat in a crate.  This is Titus, channeling a nautilus

titusInCrate

Photo credit: © L. Butler

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Friday Farm Cat Blogging

This is Hopsi Apu, our rather ancient (16 1/2 years) Bengal cat.  He’s a little irritated in this picture, for when he demands attention, he doesn’t like to wait.

Hopsi Apu

Photo credit: © L. Butler

Hopsi is the typical alpha male, and terrorizes any other cat that isn’t sufficiently obsequious.  Fortunately, Titus Rufus is, and they get along beautifully.  Both live in the enclosed main part of the farm.

Hopsi’s most endearing quality is his socialization with humans.  He loves to see what you are up to, as long as you are willing to pet him from time to time.  We often catch the farm crew carrying him around like the big baby he is.

–posted by Steven

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Friday Farm Cat Blogging

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Photo credit: L. Butler

This is our absolutely crazy farm cat, Titus Rufus Felines.  He will climb anything.  Turns out he’s really not much of a farm cat – he totally ignores mice and is inept at hunting gophers.  Still, he’s so fun to have around just to see his endless exuberance.

–posted by Steven

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Friday Farm Cat Blogging

Miss Manners, RIP.  She was our Pixie Bob, and a perfect farm cat.

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Monday Farm Cat Blogging

In this week’s newsletter, I posted a picture of Lynx rufus.  Well, here’s the other rufus we have on the farm.  He goes by the regal name of Titus Rufus Felines (pronounced fa-line-us):

picture credit: Terri Basile

He is, by the way, every bit of crazy as he looks.  He is also the most loyal friend for our old timer, Hopse Apu:

picture credit: Terri Basile

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