Friday, November 16, 2012

Meet Butters the New Barn Cat

When my brother and sister-in-law rescued this adorable cat named Butters, they were planning to keep him for life.  Unfortunately, when they realized he was not cut out to be an indoor cat (the only safe option where they live), they were heartbroken that they had to find him a more suitable situation.  My husband and I offered to let him come live on our farm, and it wound up being a win-win situation for everyone.

A couple of weeks ago, we met up to pick up Butters and move him to his new home on our farm.  At first, Butters wasn't quite sure what was in store for him, but he settled quickly into his carrier for the drive to his new home.

To help him settle in safely, we kept Butters secured in our feed room for his first couple of days on the farm.  We wanted him to get used to the smells and sounds and learn that the barn was his safe place.

Even though he had a comfy bed and lots of toys, he chose to hide in the corner for the first day.

After a day or so, he came out of hiding to curl up in his soft bed.

After a couple of days, we started to let him out for short periods of time to explore the barn and the rest of the farm.  At first he didn't want to go very far.  He just stood in the feed room and watched everything from the doorway.

Eventually, he decided to brave the big, scary barn aisle...

            And even explored the great outdoors.

He wasn't at a loss for places to hide, though.

As the days went on, he got braver and braver, exploring the entire farm.  


As he got even braver, he decided that the farm equipment makes a great playground.  

Now that he is all settled in, I wonder if he is perhaps a little too brave sometimes...

Yes, this is Butters walking along the rafters...  
Butters was brave enough to walk right up to Beau to sniff noses.
He is a little too brave sometimes

Butters with our OBC ("Original Barn Cat") Newton.

He has made a lot of friends and overall seems very happy here... almost as happy as we are to have him here!  

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