I looked out of the house the other day and saw our barn cat Smoke perched on the side of a stock tank, lapping at the water. Now, this is the kind of thing barn cats do that can give you a heart attack, because your immediate thought is, oh my, what if he falls in? Smoke is definitely what I would call a "professional" at the barn cat business, having been with us for almost twelve years now and having flourished at both the Montana ranch and here at the New Hampshire farm. He's a smart boy, has never been hurt, and generally always has his wits about him.
Notice how he's propped on the edge of the tank, balanced so most of his weight is on the rim or below on the other side. He's hooked his back legs around the edge to hold himself secure. I can't remember seeing him do this before, but obviously if he has, he's learned how to do it safely. Well, as safely as he can, I suppose!
Nevertheless, the barn cat daddy in me had me running outside to shoo him away, though not before grabbing the camera on the way!
Now, he has access to plenty of water around the farm, including a bowl of fresh water at his feeding station in the barn (which I had just refilled, along with the food bowl, the previous evening), not to mention the pond, puddles, goat buckets and more. But we've seen our cats always seem to enjoy getting water in unusual ways over the years, and this was another.
Here's the look I got when he heard me yelling at him:
And then, deciding to appease the barn cat daddy, he jumped down and walked off rather nonchalantly:
Since then the tanks have been emptied, and next year we'll add some "ladders" made out of metal mesh so he and the others can climb out if they do manage to go overboard.
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