Picture Sundays: Trout Smells Kraut

Somehow, in a post about a handy fermenter from the Farmer’s Kitchen, I failed to put up this shamelessly cute picture of our cat, Trout, interfering with the photo session.

If you’d like more proof that the internet is some kind of million typing monkey/non-linear/collective unconsciousness generation machine, try typing “cat and sauerkraut” into Google. You get a fluffy and deaf white cat who loves sauerkraut. We can now consider that long experiment in human civilization complete.

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  1. Beautiful cat. My kraut will be ready in one week–7.5 liters of it. Made it for the 1st time and am wondering/hoping it will taste great. Your contraption for making it is interesting. I’m using a German crock.

  2. All food processed and eaten in our house must first be approved by the cats.
    It has been my observation that every house pet feels s/he must have some sort of day job; food inspection is a favorite among our cats. They are always on mouse patrol too, but we haven’t many mice in the house. Besides, cats snagging mice is so terribly cliche anyway. Molly, our two-year-old, has diversified her skills and carefully roots through my bee suit when I come back inside. If she finds a bee, she meows until I take the bee outside. To her credit, she can detect bees that I did not see or hear.

  3. Aw Trout’s a cutie! And how’s Phoebe doing these days?

    So now that you two are firmly planted in cat owner territory, I’ll ask this – how do you deal with cats and a) chickens and b)gardens? As we plan our move to a rural homestead, I’m trying to imagine how our 4 cats won’t destroy everything we plant and devour the all the hens. We love love love our cats, but they can be furry havoc-wreakers. Any thoughts?

  4. Zafra, Thanks for asking about Phoebe–I’ll do an update soon–she’s still with us but showing the first signs of heart failure.

    As to cats/chickens and gardens. Our cats are indoors only–just too many predators and cars around here. There are plenty of neighborhood cats, though, that wander through the garden. I keep veggies netted off with bird netting to keep cats/skunks/loose chickens out. The rest of the yard is planted in hardy perennials and trees. Veggies, in most places, simply have to be netted and/or caged off. In a rural area you may also have deer to deal with.

  5. I started down the slippery slope of cat ownership about three years ago–to take care of a mouse problem. I was happy with one cat, and then one day, I went to the vet’s office for something, and there was a cat waiting by the door who attached himself to me. I was informed that he was available for adoption, and later that day, he came home with me. Cat number one was not very happy about this, but she has mellowed somewhat.

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