The Great Escape: Barn Cat Edition

I’ve posted a couple of times before about our new au natural mouse management system: barn cats. When they were placed, we were told they needed to be confined for 4 to 6 weeks. No problem, right?

Wrong.

We had a wind storm here the other day and it blew the door for the shed open (and broke the latch). Of course, the cats got out. Fortunately, they didn’t go far and I’ve been leaving the shed door open so they can come in and eat at night. I go out first thing in the morning and there’s evidence that they’ve been there (like using the litterbox), but they are probably not still inside.

I reached out to the cat rescue and they said to just see what happens, but that we can re-trap them if needed. Last night it was windy again, so I closed the shed door and taped open the cat door. It appears that only one cat went in judging by the amount of food eaten and deposits in the litter box.

Does anyone have any experience with barn cats? What can I do here? They’re young and it’s supposed to be very cold this weekend, so I want to make sure they’re in the shed and then close it up.

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