Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cat Dairy Farm

This video reminded me of my own heritage (or so I thought at one time). When Krista and I were 7 or 8 years old, we lived on a farm in Oregon, which included horses, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and milk goats. On Saturday mornings, after feeding all the animals and milking the goats, we would sit down for a family breakfast. That's when Dad started telling us about his childhood/our heritage.

He told us about the "cat dairy farm" where his family raised milk cats. He gave us detailed accounts of:
  • Breeds, which produced the best milk
  • Feeding schedules
  • Challenges of "herding cats" to the milking stanchion
  • Risks involved (which included scratches)
  • Importance of shelter (since after all cats don't like water)
  • Proper de-worming and medication routines
  • The benefits of eventually having machinery to do the milking, rather than the "old fashioned" way they used to have to do it, when he was a kid, etc.
Needless to say, we were fascinated by our family history and intrigued to know more. I mean how many people have you met who came from a cat dairy farm? I believe it was sweet Grandma who finally let the "cat out of the bag" and told us the truth.

1 comment:

kimmie said...

Hmmm, mildly nauseating.