The Ranch Cat Named Parlay

The Ranch Cat Named Parlay

While the picture is not of Parlay the cat, this is a picture of problems that arise from living on a remount ranch.  Porcupines destroy trees.  Porcupines live on tree bark.  They prefer young trees and when young fruit trees are planted, they ring the tree and eventually the trees die.  When I first moved to the ranch, the mice, rats and squirrels made nests under the hoods of my vehicles resulting in  expensive rewiring repairs.  Parly the yellow tomcat was given to me as a kitten. I am now his pet.  He keeps the rodents from my vehicles and I give him canned milk every morning before sunrise.  He waits outside the door to my bedroom and follows me on the outside to the kitchen where he patiently waits while I put the coffee on and pour his bowl of milk.  At times he deposits dead lizards, mice, birds and baby rabbits at the front door.  Parlay stays very busy keeping mice out of the feed bins in the barn.  Sometimes I see him a mile from my house, prowling the ranch as far as the bump gate.  How he has survived the mouton lions, hogs and bobcats I don’t know.  He is an skillful climber, often climbing the big oaks surrounding the house and jumping onto the flat roof and down to meet me at the outdoor utility room where I furnish a bowl of dried cat food and have a bed in there for him.  Without Parlay and an arsenal of guns for varmints my life would be a bit more difficult.  And I never liked cats but I do love Parlay.