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Farm Kitten

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Farm Kitten, Part II
Mama Cat plucks a fish right out of the water.
Mama Cat plucks a fish right out of the water.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Farm Kitten."

When Farm Kitten is finished grooming, he sees his mother down by the pond with the rest of the kittens. At last, Farm Kitten can watch her hunt. But this is a different kind of hunting. Farm Kitten pricks up his ears and watches his mother closely.

His mother looks down in the water for a long time. Suddenly, she darts her paw under the water and throws a flipping, flopping fish up on the grass!

Farm Kitten has never seen a fish before. It splashes him when it moves. Farm Kitten doesn't like getting wet any more than he likes getting muddy. But he tries to hunt, anyway. He dips his paw in the water, scaring all of the fish away.

Mama Cat doesn't want Farm Kitten to be so close to the water. She picks him up by the scruff of his neck and carries him away from the pond. Kittens have loose skin around their necks so Mama Cat can carry them without hurting them.

Farm Kitten's sisters rush over to him once their mother sets him down. It's playtime! Farm Kitten finds a dragonfly. The other kittens wrestle with one another, trying to hold on with their front paws while they kick with their back paws.

Kicking with their back paws protects their soft stomachs. Their mother has taught them this from the time they were very young.

Stalking in the grass, they practice creeping up on one another. They crouch down low and wait for just the right moment to pounce. Farm Kitten pounces again and again. Sometimes he catches his sister. But sometimes he misses!

Suddenly, Farm Kitten spots a crow pecking in the grass. Farm Kitten stays low in the grass. He waves his tail in the air. Farm Kitten's swishing tail gives him away. The crow's sharp eyes see the tail as a warning, and the bird flies away. Farm Kitten tries to pounce, but all he catches is a pawful of air.

Farm Kitten can't quite catch the crow.
Farm Kitten can't quite catch the crow.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Maybe next time, Farm Kitten!

Farm Kitten's wagging tail has attracted one of the farm puppies. Even though Farm Kitten and the puppy are both baby animals, they have different body signals.

The puppy doesn't know that Farm Kitten wags his tail when he is angry. Puppies wag their tails when they are happy.

When Farm Kitten raises his paw to swat the puppy away, the puppy wants to play. The puppy barks, wanting to join in a game. Farm Kitten climbs up a tree to get away from the puppy. There, he waits for the puppy to go away.

It has been a busy day, and Farm Kitten is ready for a nap. His senses of sight and smell work together to help him find his way back to the barn.

Suddenly, Farm Kitten hears a high-pitched squeak. He pricks up his ears and walks slowly into the barn. It is dark inside, but Farm Kitten can see just fine. Cats have special eyes that help them see in dim light.

Just then, Farm Kitten spots a rat at the end of the barn! He creeps closer, using his whiskers to tell him when he is getting too close to objects in the barn. Farm Kitten doesn't want to bump into things and scare away the rat before he can pounce.

Farm Kitten leaps at the rat -- but misses! It runs off into the hay. Maybe Farm Kitten will catch a rat tomorrow. Now he is sleepy.

Farm Kittten dreams of someday catching mice.
Farm Kittten dreams of someday catching mice.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Farm Kitten crawls back to his soft bed and gently falls to sleep. He dreams of becoming a true mouser one day.

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