Note: This may be a bit of a sad tale, but it does have a happy ending :)
Growing up on a farm taught me all kinds of lessons. As a young child I loved to play with the animals, mostly the kittens... and lord knows there were lots of them. Every Spring and Fall a new batch would be born and most never survived due to many various dangers. One of them being the Tom Cat.
It was not unusual to have the window to the bedroom open during the Spring in the night hours. On one such night I recall hearing a high pitch scream... I did not know what to make of it, but it continued for about an hour, or for what seemed like an hour to a young child. I soon fell back to sleep thankful the noise had stopped.
The next morning when I woke up I went outside to visit with the kitties and to give them their breakfast. What I saw horrified me to this day. All my kittens were mutilated and laying by the dog house with the momma cat meowing beside them. I ran inside the house to tell my parents what I saw. My dad came outside and said it was likely a Tom Cat... that made no sense to me back then... I did not know what a Tom Cat was... Why would another cat kill kittens?
Well as you can imagine I was fairly distraught... Everyone told me not to worry, there would be more kittens.... they were right.... but this time I would be prepared.
The next time I heard the "Tom Cat" howling... I walked down the stairs to my parents bedroom... "Dad?" I whispered... "are you awake?", "What's wrong?" he asked. I told him I could hear the Tom Cat. He got up out of bed and we both went outside. There were the kittens in the dog house... they were all okay. Dad said we could go back inside now, but I wouldn't go for that. I told him I wanted to take them inside with me. So we found a large box and placed a towel inside it. All of the kittens were brought into the house and placed on the floor beside my bed. I never heard a Tom Cat howl after that... and that my friends is how I learned one way to keep my kittens from danger.
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