Today was an action packed day so, this should be a short post. Something out there has caused my body to unleash a flood of histamine. I woke up unable to breathe and sneezing like mad. Getting out of bed was a struggle and I finally got my feet on the floor at 5:45. We do our level best to get started with the chores at 5:00 but I was feeling puny. I headed out to the barn, silently berating myself for being such a sorry excuse for a farmer. As I unlatched the door to te cow stall, I hear some rustling and a soft meow. I open the door and I can make out a cat in the corner of the stall, behind the stanchion. At first I thought it was our new cat we had just picked up a few days before. I took a closer look and found that not only was this not our cat, but this one appeared to be stuck.
As you can see from the photo, the cat has managed to get his left foreleg stuck in a crack between two boards. What’s not in the photo, there is also a little shelf just above the cat. I immediately turned to go back to the house and get my thick Carhart jacket and some thick gloves. I told Katie about what I found and asked her to join me. Returning to the barn, I tried to free the animal, but he didn’t see that I was there to help and let out one of those evil sounding howls that make your hair turn white. This cat wasn’t coming loose easy. I put a milk crate under him so he was hanging on his leg, then I pried the shelf off the wall above him. I tried free his leg again, but no luck, the cat didn’t understand that pulling back only kept him stuck. There was really only one option left. Time to bust out the saw and get this cat out, I still had cows to feed! No, I wasn’t going to cut the cat. I intended to cut the board. After cutting it, then some prying, the cat was now loose! He didn’t hang around to make friends, he just got the heck outa’ there! Here’s what I was left with.
By now, it was nearly 7:00 and no animals had been fed. Everyone seemed a little disappointed but they were happy to get their breakfast. After feeding, we bred some of our rabbit does, and while we waited for them to get done, I could hear a high pitched squeeking. I was able to take a photo over the top board to find this.
So long as I was cutting hole in the walls, I figured what the heck. So I cut a hole in the wall and eradicated some rats.
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