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.
I would be devastated if anything happened to this 15-pound bundle of love (Andy), or any of my barn cats.
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.
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.
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.
I’m open to suggestions of how to settle barn cats in a new environment. Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments.