My Barn Cats

Four black barn cats at breakfast.

Two weeks from today we will begin moving to our new farm.  Of all the animals we have, my barn cats are worrying me the most about the transition.  Horses, sheep, goats and chickens can be fenced in.  Barn cats cannot.

Andy the 15 pound barn cat.

I would be devastated if anything happened to this 15-pound bundle of love (Andy), or any of my barn cats.

Black cat poised to pounce on his prey.

Their hunting prowess is unparalleled; our rodent population is almost nonexistent.  To keep their skills sharp they take out the occasional bird, squirrel and butterfly.  They’re all spayed or neutered, fat, sleek and healthy and just the best group of cats I’ve ever had.

Black and white cat sitting in the pasture.

I know they’ll hate this, but I’m thinking of loading them in various cat cages to transport, then confining them all in the goat tote that we can set in the barn for a few days.  A goat tote is a large cage so they would be able to see their new surroundings.  This would give them time to become familiar with their new home and not just high-tail it out of fright and confusion.

Stray cat who has taken up residence on our farm.

Ragnar is another problem.  He is a wild stray who decided to take up residence with us.  He is the most unique cat in that he follows me everywhere and intently studies whatever I’m doing.  But he will not be caught or touched.  I will try to trap him to bring him with us because I can’t leave him behind, and we’ll just have to hope that he’ll accept his new home.

Two black cats in the hay barn.

I’m open to suggestions of how to settle barn cats in a new environment.  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “My Barn Cats

  1. They are all beautiful. I wish you luck on their transition. You will have a lot of space for them to roam and they will all be together, so I think they will be okay and grow to love their own home. I don’t have experience moving that many cats to that large an area, but we moved from a small house to an acre, and our three cats all transitioned happily and well, and we inherited another in the process.

    1. Good to know you had success with your transition. In the back of my mind I think they’ll do fine, but you know, it’s just one of those things you don’t have complete control of!

  2. When we got our “feral” barn cat from our local Humane Society, we were told the best way to transition them to a new farm space is basically what you plan on doing. But, after a few days, to increase the amount of territory they have…so, if you can let them out of the goat tote (omg, I can’t help but giggle at that!!), but keep them locked in the barn for more time, that should really help. We were told it can take up to 2 weeks of being locked in their new home base building to ensure that they remember to come home.

    What a bunch of beauties you have! Hope every one transitions well for you! 🙂

  3. First off, I don’t have very much experience moving cats, but I think your idea of crating them for a few days is a good one.

    We had a cat dropped off at our farm last fall, and he quickly became a spoiled barn kitty. We got him neutered, and everything was going well until spring when the hens started hatching their peeps. We caught him stalking the peeps several times and peeps started disappearing.

    He was an awesome cat otherwise, and my aunt offered to take him on her horse farm. I brought him there, opened the crate, and he took off into the woods. He’s never been seen since. 😢

    So, even if they hate it, I think keeping them contained for a bit wouldn’t be a bad idea. They are beautiful cats, btw! Good luck!

  4. Yes, like it or not they’ll have to be contained for awhile. I do worry about them getting on each others nerves being contained together, but generally they get along well.

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