Winter Barn Cat Search
We have a cat. Its a barn cat. We didn’t intend to have a barn cat right away, but for some odd reason, the people that we bought the property left a perfectly healthy, well domesticated, very actually nice cat behind. I suspect this wasn’t even a barn cat for them – but for us it has turned out to be a great barn cat already!
In the wake of the recent winter storm burying under between 14 and 20 inches of snow, the safety of the barn cat became a priority after the kids reported food not being eaten and no sight of the cat.
Rescue Mission – Parts 1 and 2
I ended up out in the snow in several segments, and as we lost power shortly after I started filming these – I had two things that I really… urgently… needed to do. 1) Go find the barn cat if I could. 2) Get some stuff to rehabilitate the igniter for the gas fireplace which was badly corroded, and get the thing working so we would have heat while we had no power.
The first mission to go find the barn cat was a miserable failure. And I think the word miserable fits well here – snow blown in your face at 40 miles an hour is miserable. Yet it also makes you appreciate so much more when you get to go inside, drink a hot coffee, and once the tingling from the heat subsides, you feel comfortable and content for a few minutes just doing nothing but warming up!
16 Acres is a lot in a Storm
The cat has a few shelters on the property that could offer some protection, so I ended up having to go out into the old goat shack (its a lean-to, basically, that matches the barn mostly), as well as several different parts of the barn itself. Going around and searching the land itself is pretty much a no-go, there’s just too much of it.
Thankfully, during the second pass of going to the barn, the cat was located hiding outside, and I was able to just open up the doors and it ran in and hid in the wall. I’ll have to show you the wall gap some time in a future video.
The snow had blocked up the hole under the roll up door that the cat uses to get in and out of the insulated space!