Barn Kitties

I’ve not posted about our barn cats in a while, so I took some pics the other day to share:

Here’s Eva.


She has a hitler mustache, but because she’s a she, I call her Eva- short for Eva Braun. She’s been here about 7 years, which is pretty amazing for a barn cat.

Of course, where Eva is, Tom can’t be far behind:


Tom showed up about 4 years ago with a damaged front leg that ultimately healed with the bones fused. (He was wild so there was no taking him to the vet) He uses it as a sort of peg leg and gets around quite well. Actually, his disablility is a lifesaver for him. Tomcats usually roam far and wide in search of the ladies, which exposes them to being killed on the road or by coyotes. They don’t usually live but a couple years in our area. But Tom stays close to home and is quite happy with Eva and the rest of the ladies up at barn, his little harem.

Tom and Eva are inseparable.


They do everything together: hunting, sleeping, eating – I’ve never seen 2 cats who are closer.





The rest of the barn cats are wild and very shy.

There’s a calico female. She’s a kitten of Eva’s I think and is about 2 years old:


There’s also a yellow and white female who comes out at night, so we don’t see much of her.

And there’s this longer-haired female with a crooked tail.


She has kittens now and when I took her pic she had just grabbed a meat scrap to take to them. The barn cats get all the meat scraps from our table. They also get dry catfood every day.


The only one of these cats I’ve ever petted is Tom. The rest of them usually run away when we approach. I was only able to get these pics because it was feeding time.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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14 Responses

  1. Oh, how Tom and Eva do like to snuggle! Its seldom you see two cats so close that are not litter mates, or grew up together.

  2. Victoria in CT says:

    Tom and Eva are so lucky to have each other! And, to have you and Harland to care about them. Thanks for sharing pic of your kitties.

  3. Debbie says:

    Great pics and story Suzanne! Tom certainly is a lucky boy!

  4. Becca says:

    Tom and Eva are just precious! Their love for one another is quite evident. They are adorable!

  5. Carol says:

    Oh Suzanne, barn cat love is so sweet! That looks like true love, how special ! Your pics are beautiful, the cats look like they can step off my screen! Maybe Kitty needs a boyfriend? (Sorry) ;- )

  6. Tina says:

    I love your barn cats and Eva and Tom are a darling couple. Thank you so much.

  7. Alica says:

    Love Tom and Eva! She reminds me of our tuxedos…so sweet!

  8. Tom and Eva are so adorable together. True kitty cat love!

  9. Lynne says:

    Thank you for sharing these precious pictures of two beautiful and adorable kitties. Cats are such special friends. ♥

  10. Vicky Rhoton Kelley says:

    Tom and Eva are so sweet and those are precious photos for sure….thanks so much for sharing…they would make sweet posters.

  11. Amy C. says:

    I love this post!! The cats are so beautiful.
    Does Kitty ever interact with them? Hiss at them? Watch them from a distance?
    She probably feels superior! Ha!

    • Suzanne says:

      If she’s outside, she will chase them and attack them. If she’s inside, she watches from the window and swishes her tail back and forth a LOT. I don’t know if it’s a dominance thing or bad socialization on her part, but she has absolutely no tolerance for them being in “her territory”.

  12. Dianna says:

    Tom and Eva are absolutely adorable. They’re looking pretty healthy for barn kitties!

  13. Claudette says:

    Another wonderful post! Your ferals are as fat as mine, I have 3. Two sleep in the garage at night. They have heating pads on thier beds in the winter-thanks to my husband :)The other one will only go to the barn and I haven’t been able to get to close. My 4 indoor cats are so much like Kitty. I have one we rescued that watches me make a latte every morning and cries till she gets her “latte” She’s deaf, but she knows when I’m making creme 🙂

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