Hi everybody! Bunkie recently published a video about our barn cat, Oreo, and i just wanted to go more in-depth at what we did.
When we got our cat from Hidden Acres Rescue Farm (facebook.com/farmgirlsx2/) she warned us that if we didn’t isolate him for a couple of weeks in a dog crate, he would run away. While I initially protested this idea, I have to admit that the advice was legit. About a month after we got him, he is the sweetest cat I’ve ever seen! Oreo is a very affectionate cat, and when we go outside to feed the animals, he follows our sound to the door that we open. He’s always very eager for attention, and loves being rubbed as well as climbing onto a shoulder and hitching a ride through the barnyard.
The barn cat’s purpose was primarily to chase rats away from the barn, which is where our goats sleep. We’ve had many incidents where rats picked off our ducks, and we were fed up with pests, so we got Oreo. So far, we haven’t found evidence of his destruction of the rat population, but his presence seems to scare the rats away, and we are definitely psyched about having Oreo on our farm.
Although he looks a tad bit grumpy on our thumbnail, he is a very energetic and playful kitten who always looks forward to seeing us. We bought toys to keep him occupied, which you’ll see in the video, but we got him an automated cat toy that you turn on to have a toy mouse pop out of different holes. Hilariously, Oreo is terrified of it. Every time he hears the “whir-POP” of the toy, he scampers for shelter.
These are just a few of the infinite reasons and anecdotes of why we appreciate having Oreo on the farm. If you can stand Bunkie’s eyebrows, enjoy the video!