Bobtail?   1 comment

I’m late posting today.  It’s been busy.

Recently, someone dropped off a little cat  — not unusual, but reprehensible.  A young domesticated cat, obviously gentle and used to being a pet, has no chance with the bobcats, coyotes, owls — and dogs.  To make things worse, this one was about to give birth.  She had her litter under a tackroom, safely out of reach of the dogs.  Her instincts helped her that much.  But when rescuers called her out and locked her in a nice safe tackroom, no one realized she had kittens under there.  It wasn’t until the next day that Lori B. realized she had kittens under there, and got them out.  That wasn’t as easy as it sounds, and involved some digging.  Restored to their mama, the tiny creatures seem to have survived their night alone very nicely.  They are living with their mama in a crate in the tackroom until a home can be found for them.

In addition, Xena showed up this morning looking a bit bobtailed.  Examination showed that something had taken off not only the plumy end of her tail, but the last inch or so of tailbone as well.  There was a neat red circle of at the end of her tail instead of a tapered point.  It had bled very little, and seemed to have been caused by something quite sharp.

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I can only visualize a bobcat or coyote grabbing the end of her tail as she fled.  We heard nothing during the night, though, and you would have thought there would have been some yelping.  I looked all over for white hair or signs of blood, and found nothing.

I guess only Xena (and her assailant) know what happened . . .

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. . . and Xena’s not talking.

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Posted March 24, 2013 by stablewoman in Dogs, Pets

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  1. Yikes! Poor Xena!

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