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Salute to the barn cat

When we first moved to the country and built a barn, I immediately began searching for a barn cat. My husband, Mark, was baffled because he didn’t understand why we needed another mouth to feed or why anyone would want a cat regardless of whether it lived inside the house or in the barn.

I have visited many barns through the years. The barns that lack cats are often home to birds that deposit their droppings on every available surface. If the cat-free barns are fortunate enough to avoid an infestation of birds, they are home to rodents that scurry around every corner and steal livestock feed or just generally make a mess.

I am not a fan of birds or rodents of any kind. I’ve been known to run screaming from the barn at the site of a tiny mouse; so, barn cats have become a necessity for our barn.

barn cat 2Through the years, the cats have won Mark over. I think he pictured lovable little kitties that would just eat cat food and spend their days longing around the barn. Our cats are serious hunters. They do meet me at the back door every morning to escort me to the barn, and they enjoy an occasional petting, but they are not really pets.

Although the cats do seem to look forward to my visits to the barn, they especially love our mini horses. The cats often lounge around and guard the minis while the horses eat their morning hay. The cats also leave their kill in or near the mini horse stalls like they are leaving kills for their masters. It is always an adventure when I clean stalls because I never know when the cats have left a “present” for the minis in the stalls.

Our cats are have eradicated birds and mice from our barn and continue to work on clearing them from the surrounding fields and woods. The cats have become an irreplaceable part of our rural lifestyle.

Make sure you appreciate your barn cats!

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Author: Kim Lemmon

Kim Lemmon has been a member of the Ohio’s Country Journal staff since 1999. She is currently the manager editor. This position requires her to position the advertisements and articles in each issue. She is also required to write a weekly blog and schedule advertisements on the website.

Kim graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a major in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Equine Science. Kim and her husband, Mark, reside in Morrow County.

The Lemmons currently own a Percheron mare and several mini horses. They also breed and raise a few pygmy goats each year.

Kim has owned horses since she was a child and has been involved in many aspects of the horse industry since that time. From 2002 until 2010, Kim operated her own riding lesson program that included coaching 4-H members, adults and a college equestrian program. She is also a former 4-H horse judge.

2 thoughts on “Salute to the barn cat”

  1. You’re probably inundated but are you accepting barn cats? I have to ask or I wouldn’t feel I’m doing all I can. I have 3 momma cats (about 9 months old) I’ve got in a TNR. Unfortunately these can’t be released back where they came from. I hope to place the 11 kittens, just need help with momma’s. I’m in Johnstown. OH. They will be spayed. If you could take only one that would be a great help. Thanks

    • My barn is full of cats right now but thank you for the offer.

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