We recently acquired four hens.
They are lovely creatures, making cute clucking sounds and pottering about the garden, they love nothing more than to dig, eat, lay eggs, follow us around and, oh yes, hang out with our cat Kimi.
Now, we have several other cats, who live in a separate enclosed garden well away from our nearly flightless fowl, and we would never allow them near these vulnerable birds. But Kimi? Well, she is different. Everyone likes Kimi.
Kimi is unique. She loves other creatures, especially other cats – except for Katya.
They have a pact. ‘I don’t bother you, you don’t bother me and we’ll get on just fine.’
We were tentatively sure that Kimi would be okay with the hens. She had a stroke a couple of years ago and still can’t get around all that well. She is also deaf and at thirteen, is getting a little bit old, so we didn’t envisage her pouncing on our birds.
What we didn’t expect was how the chickens reacted to her.
As you can see, they seem quite smitten.
I guess the answer to my question is, yes, cats and chickens can get along. It all depends on the cat.