The other orange cat had 6 orange kittens last year, all males. She is big enough this year to have six again. She had the kittens under the old granary last year, which is now the farm store. I was fortunate enough to find homes, or rather only 2 homes for the kittens. One person took two and the other took four. May we be so lucky this year! Farm cats do not tend to last too long when located next to a highway and a bush. The cats are scooped up by the fox or even an owl. We had a big owl eating the ducks during the winter. I would imagine a young kitten or small cat would be just as easy. The year before when the pot belly pigs were located on the woods side, there were claw marks on their backs too and the babies were eaten. This winter I will relocate the birds for safety. But, back to the cats.
Cats are cats, not my favourite animal on the farm and next to chickens, likely the least favourite. I still go through great pains to give them insulated winter shelters, but they usually sleep in the dog house that is insulated with wool, right outside the door. This winter we will be in the bigger house and the wool insulated house will be relocated, but Sofi has claimed it, so I am not sure she will sleep with cats. She is an inside dog in the winter though.
Mohw Mohw is very very big. I imagine she is due any moment. Smokey is nursing kittens somewhere in the bush. She is semi wild herself but will come to me when I call her if she thinks I have good food. I used to give her the mice I caught in the traps to help tame her. I have no idea where her kittens are. Last year she had them in one of the abandoned cars and moved them except for one. He was left there but cried so loud, I could hear him up at the house and I rescued him, then found a wonderful home for him. Penelope loves cats and will always treat him with great respect and give him tons of love.
The job of the cats is to keep the mouse population down. I believe that they are doing that, because when I first arrived here, there were tons of mice everywhere. Currently we have 5 or 6 cats, 3 of them totally wild bush cats, Smokey's last year's kittens, 3 of which survived over the winter. I have never been close enough to them to even know if they are males or females. What I do not want to happen is to be overrun with related cats that are interbreeding. If I can find Smokey's babies I will steal them and find homes for them. If.
In the meantime, Mohw Mohw is hanging around and being very loving right now. Maybe tomorrow the kittens will be born. Where, I am not sure, but she is very tame and friendly and will not hide them for too long. Thanks be to the cats for keeping the mice down on the farm.