It’s been an interesting shearing season! We’ve sheared in the cold, after the rain, in high humidity, in extreme heat, and surrounded by cats.
The cats were there to annoy us every step on the way. They love the smell of a good stinky sheep fleece. It stinks so good to them; it stinks as good as catnip.
The cats were either right in the thick of things, winding around our ankles as we wrestled sheep, laying against the fleece, or passed out in sheer bliss. Turns out they love our new shearing floor, too, because it is a cool place to nap on a hot and humid day.
I thought I would share with you these shearing cats. The life of a spoiled indoor/outdoor cat – there are no worries – except when they get chastised for even thinking about catching a swallow or a chickadee. Zoey and Orange were reprimanded more than once for trying to pull one out of the air as the swallows swooped and chased each other around the posts inside the barn as if they were pylons in a race.
We are almost done shearing – three sheep to go!
April 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm
What an entertaining and unique post! It was amusing to read about the cats’ love for the stinky sheep fleece and their tendency to get in the way during shearing. The photos of Zoey and Orange were adorable and I could easily imagine them lounging on the shearing floor. It’s great that they have such a comfortable and happy life, with the occasional scolding for bird hunting. Thank you for sharing this fun glimpse into the life of shearing cats!
April 9, 2023 at 9:00 pm
This was such a fun and interesting read! It’s amazing how much our furry friends love the smell of a good sheep fleece. It’s also heartwarming to hear about the cats’ love for the new shearing floor. Thank you for sharing your experience and giving us a glimpse into the life of your spoiled indoor/outdoor cats!