Who's the biggest pest, and to whom: the cat or DBF?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JennsPeeps, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Our two new baby chicks have started perching on the edge of the brooder, which is about up to my knee (I'm 5'8"). The cat in my avatar saw them tonight and started swatting at them. DBF and I both came running from other rooms to find Rudy being a naughty boy, but a cat nonetheless.

    DBF goes ape.

    He chases the cat around the cat, grabs him by the scruff of his neck and throws his butt outside. The cat is yowling because DBF is hurting him: he's an 18-lb, 12-year old cat who should not be held in this way. I'm yelling at DBF to at least support the cat's weight with one hand. In addition, this is a cat who rarely goes outside.


    Now, about an hour later, the cat has been allowed back inside.

    Sooo... household status update:
    * DBF is mad at cat, crying about Dumpling.
    * Rudy (cat) has been let back in by yours truly. He's super clingy & upset. and in need of reassurance by me. Now he's seeking forgiveness from DBF. [​IMG]
    * Chicks in brooder finally settled down.
    * Dumpling, our BR who could die tonight from a serious roundworm load, is in a box on the counter in the kitchen. We're checking on her every 45 minutes to get her to eat & drink in order to keep up her strength. She's got a light on her so that she can see the food/drink in case she wakes up on her own. It's all she can manage to get 2 sips of water before she slips back under.
    * I finally remembered to lock up the 3 adults who are still outside.

    I poured myself a glass of wine. I deserve it!

    doh... spoke too soon. Chicks are back on the edge of the brooder and the resident feline, who hasn't hunted in years, is watching them. Oh... he just gave up watchign them in order to join us on the couch. good choice, cat.
  2. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    Palm Beach County
    Aww your DBF sounds like a huge keeper just not around your cat. I take it he fully supports a chicken addiction.

    Hopefully cat will learn its lesson permanently so you don't have to worry about coming home with Rudy on the porch.

    I'll be praying for dumpling to make it through so you all can have less stress there
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ooh boy Jenn, yeah, you have your hands full! as you said the cat is just being a cat...but, it IS sweet that DBF cares so much..*sigh* gotta take the good with the bad i guess.... snuggle with the kitty..AND the DBF.. [​IMG]
  4. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    The solution is simple:

    Load up on sauerkraut and spend time near the brooder. Kitty won't go near there again, and neither will BF.
  5. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
  6. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Cats are always > than SOs.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I do hope you have put a lid on the brooder. Window screens work fine.
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Yeah, we've got a screen to put on the brooder, just haven't dragged it into the house yet. We've got a blanket across most of the brooder. The chicks have taken to sitting on it - we call it "The Poop Deck".

    OMG it's 4:50a and the little stinkers just come out for a visit. GO TO SLEEP! Dern poopers.

    Things calmed down significantly after that post. Dumpling is still with us, but I suspect barely. Here's the thread w/ update: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=151466

    been 30 mins since I last checked on her. Going to go do so now.

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