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Furry Friends on the Farm: Fun with Barn Cats

Updated: May 24, 2023

If you’ve ever visited a farm, you’ve probably seen barn cats—furry friends that live and work on farms, helping keep pests like mice away. But did you know that these beloved barn cats can be so much more than pest control? They can also provide hours of entertainment for the whole family! Read on to learn more about fun with barn cats.


The Benefits of Barn Cats

Barn cats are typically loners who have been abandoned or born in the wild. Luckily, they can find plenty of food, shelter, and even companionship at farms. In exchange for their help keeping down the rodent population, farmers provide food and protection from danger. Some even give them a warm place to sleep in the winter!


Although it may seem like all work and no play for these independent little guys, there are actually plenty of ways to have fun with them. Here are just a few ideas for how to entertain your friendly neighborhood barn cat:

  • Catnip Pursuits – Catnip is a popular cat treat that will drive your kitty wild! If you have some growing in your garden or can find it at the pet store, try sprinkling it around your backyard or garden for your cat to sniff out. Your feline friend will love hunting down this special treat!

  • Feather Frenzy – Most cats love chasing feathers—it's instinctual behavior that mimics hunting prey in nature. Attach feathers to sticks or make homemade toys by tying feathers onto strings attached to dowels or chopsticks. These simple DIY toys will keep your cat entertained for hours on end!

  • Window Watching – Cats love looking out windows so why not give them their own perch? Place a window seat in an area where your kitty can look outside without being disturbed by passersby (or curious dogs!). This is also a great spot for taking pictures of your cute new pal!


Having a barn cat around is great fun for everyone involved! Not only do they help keep rodents away from farms, but they also provide entertaining activities that both people and cats alike can enjoy—from feather frenzy games to window watching sessions. With just a little bit of effort, you and your furry new friend can create lasting memories together. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start having some fun with those barn cats!




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