Zip, Out Of His Crate And Into His Barn

We opened the door of Zip’s crate this morning and out he came.

Then he went right back in.

It took him a moment to understand that he was allowed to walk around wherever he wanted.  As affectionate as he is, he proved himself as a barn cat almost immediately by finding a hole in the haybales and crawling into it.


I lured him out with some treats then he began exploring the barn.  We watched him for a while then left him to explore his new home.

I came back a half hour later.  He came when I called him, his head covered in dusty cobwebs.

Zip coming out of his hay bale house

A couple of hours later Jon and I both went to the barn but couldn’t find him.

We were just about to give up when he popped his head out of his haybale house.  But it wasn’t until he eyed the pigeon that I knew Zip had made the barn his.

The pigeon, obviously distressed at having a cat in the barn flew to the nest over the door where another brood of pigeons are getting ready to hatch.  She flew around the barn, trying to distract Zip from her nest, then up the hole in the barn ceiling that leads to the loft.

Zip hopped up on my snow tires piled under the hole in the floor, his neck extended, ears and eyes focused.  He sat watching, his black tail flicking back and forth.

Zip abandoned Jon and me without a thought when he saw the pigeon.   As much as he likes getting his ears and back scratched, his hunting instincts took over.

I imagine, like Flo, he will eventually discover the wooden ladder nailed to the barn wall that leads to the loft.  But the pigeons, even the fledglings when learning to fly, stay high off the ground.   They perch on top of the ladders and hanging chairs before graduating to the loft.

By then, Zip will be exploring the whole farm, not just the barn, and hopefully will have plenty of small rodents to hunt.

But I don’t think the pigeons will nest on the first floor of the barn next year.

I do believe the two weeks that Zip spent in the crate in the barn got him used to being here.  I’m no longer worried that he will leave.

It already feels like he’s made the barn his home.

Photo by Jon Katz

11 thoughts on “Zip, Out Of His Crate And Into His Barn

  1. One of our guys has been catching chipmunks. Yesterday I was able to liberate it. I took it outside and put it down near a flowerbed and then noticed it was limping so I picked it back up to have a look. The leg seemed OK and the little chap was eager to get away (it bit me twice) so I let it go but the leg wasn’t moving properly. I think Grant thought he should have killed it and I feel bad worrying about the poor thing struggling. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is right. One of our groundhogs only has the use of its front legs yet it manages to get food and move around. We had a blind possum once, She was amazing and I was quite sad when she stopped visiting.

    1. It sound like letting the chipmunk go was a good thing Carolyn. Like you say there are many animals in the wild that survive without all their limbs and senses. It’s hard when the cats do that. Ours always killed and ate at least most of what they killed. I hope it’s the same with Zip.

  2. He looks so at home! What fun he will have at your farm. Our neighbor cat comes over often to drink from our birdbath. She must now be used to me (after 2 years) and wanted me to pet her today. What a treat!!

  3. Maria, the picture you took of Zip peaking out from under the wall of the barn is stunning! It caught my attention immediately b/c it is so perfectly centered in the picture and Zip’s face is a perfect heart shape. Loved it on sight!

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