Rocky Returns

31 Dec

The last time I saw Rocky was just before I went to bed on Dec. 20th when he ran from me.  There was no sign of him, and I’d given up hope of ever getting him back.  I’d actually convinced myself that he was no longer alive–coyotes or freezing on those first two cold nights. So I was shocked when, after nine days missing, I saw a flash of white and tiger when I opened the barn door to hay the goats.  So I got the trap set again Wednesday evening.  And I was back to worrying about him.

I decided I really had to get him before New Year’s Day because we are expecting a snowstorm with frigid cold temperatures.  He had not a drop of a winter coat when he left the house and I couldn’t see him making it through -11°F (-23.89°C) with an even worse wind chill on Saturday night.  I decided to adjust the trap a bit and make it more inviting.

Thursday afternoon, Bob went for a quick bathroom run (he’s really like a dog) and came back beat up.  I couldn’t tell through the blood if he’d ripped a toenail out again or if it was just a nasty cut.  So we made a quick trip to the vet where I shared that it was probably Rocky who beat him up. It was just a cut  and several scratches thankfully.

Sky checking out Bob’s injury

I left Bob resting under the desk and went to do chores.  I also hoped that Rocky was like Bob and wanted to eat as soon as he got done with a fight.  Hopefully, he’d be in the trap.  But I was going to do chores before I checked.

I had just fed the goats’ corn when I heard the dog go crazy.  He was by the greenhouse, so I went closer to check it out.  Then I saw a white paw reach through a hole in the foundation towards the dog.  I put Sky in the house and grabbed the pet taxi. It was still right by the door from our trip to the vet.  Of course, when I went in the greenhouse to try and catch Rocky, I was followed by half a dozen goats wanting food, so I had to kick them out and find something to block them from coming back in.

Of course, Popcorn was in there.

Then I flopped on the nasty hay and kept reaching under the workbench where Rocky was hiding and talked to him.  Finally, he let me pet him. Then he let me pet him some more.  He got nervous and ran to another workbench, so I followed and started petting him again.  Finally, I got a good hold on the scruff of his neck and picked him up and put him in the pet taxi. He didn’t even fight me.


I set the pet taxi inside the yard while I shut the gate, but then I noticed I had half the goats and a llama in the chicken pen.  Moose…  That brat.  I left Rocky and ran to go get them out because I had just filled the tubs and they can kill themselves overeating.  That made the goats the more immediate crisis.  (Good grief.) Somehow, when I went in the swarm of goat bodies, Moose and I collided.  His massive horn hit my neck.  I thought I was going to pass out, but I didn’t. I got everyone out.  Then I put Rocky in the house and left him in the pet taxi.  I made Sky go outside.  Then I finished chores.


Rocky has definitely lost weight.  It takes a lot not to freeze to death when it’s this cold and you have no winter coat.  He also has a couple of scratches on his nose from Bob.

He’s super lovey.  He’s happy to be back where it’s warm and he has plenty to eat.

Back in his favorite chair.

Now I just need to get the four cats to get along. Heaven help me. Bob was still mad over the fight and injuries, and I had to stop him from attacking Rocky later in the evening.

Rocky, Sky and Tiger, Bob

Rocky has hissed at everyone except for Bob.  I’m trying to distract Tiger by getting him to play with Salem or Sky. It’s been fairly effective so far.

I have to keep pulling Sky’s nose off of Rocky.  It’s a zoo, but Rocky is safely back in the house before the horrible weather arrives.

Sky and Rocky

This has certainly made it a very good way to go into 2022.

I am so happy and relieved to have my Rocky back.

11 Responses to “Rocky Returns”

  1. Jeanne December 31, 2021 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh what a relief!! I’m SO happy for you that you have Rocky back, and I’m glad he’s being lovey. I hope he’ll settle in and start getting along with the other cats

    • Teresa December 31, 2021 at 6:30 pm #

      It’s rather chaos right now. But I’m trying.

  2. Donna December 31, 2021 at 10:02 pm #

    I am thrilled he is back. A great New Year’s gift.

    • Teresa December 31, 2021 at 10:17 pm #

      It really was. Hope you have a great new year.

  3. Eileen Wise January 1, 2022 at 4:50 am #

    Love all your critters, I am glad Rocky is home. I wish you all the best in 2022, a happy and healthy New Year!

  4. Foss Mountain Farm January 1, 2022 at 7:04 am #

    Yay! Rocky is home. Hopefully they will all get along as they get used to him being around again. High quality cat treats given when they are near each other could make for better associations. happy New Yr.

  5. WolfSong January 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

    Oh, I’m so glad he’s back and safe!!
    Far too cold for a kitty with no outdoor coat.
    Here’s hoping that quells his urge to make a break for it…at least until winter ends!

  6. janicead January 1, 2022 at 8:02 pm #

    So pleased for you and Rocky. Sending good vibes for the cats to live peacefully together.

  7. Claire Moxon-Waltz January 2, 2022 at 8:51 am #

    I’m so relieved that he came back. It’s so difficult knowing that an animal we care about is out there somewhere, and we can’t do anything to help them come home. I’m really glad he stayed somewhat close and didn’t just keep running. Here’s hoping he never does it again!

    • Teresa January 2, 2022 at 9:32 am #

      It is a relief to have him home. He’s horribly sneezing though, and he just seems emotionally defeated. My poor boy.

      • janicead January 2, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

        Just like us humans, cats pay for their choices, I guess. : \

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