Do’s and Don’ts can be learned in the calf shed.
Cats howl for their part of the take when I bring in the milk. Nothing sounds more pitiful than barn cats begging for a drink.
I recall being taken in by their urgent cries. So in an effort to be their merciful benefactor, I considered feeding them first before the calves got their milk.
I tried to pour milk into the cats’ dish from above. However, the eager, hungry cats jumped up at it to catch the milk in mid-air. Little milk found its way into the dish. Rather, the cats got showered with milk. “How silly of me,” I smiled in embarrassment.
To add insult to injury, the next thing I knew they shook the milk off of their fur coats onto me!
Do feed the calves first. They depend on the milk for life.
Don’t shower the cats with milk. They feed themselves regardless of an accompanying latté.
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