The other half of the story was revealed this evening. I had fed the adult cats before feeding the larger animals. When I went inside the back of the barn, I could hear kittens crying. ...was it coming from the stack of bales? ...was it from the hay loft? ...was it coming from the wall?!?
|Knocked a hole in the wall trying to find the noise|
Our best guess is that the mother went into that section of the hay loft through a hole in the roof. The kittens at some point fell down about a 15 foot block wall. The mother the day before was trying to get my attention but her crying covered the cries of her kittens.
|My baby! I missed you!|
Luckily the block was loose and my nephew Nickolai was able to pull it out and free the kittens. Mama cat was so happy to have her kittens back.
|Kittens feeding after days without mama|
We weren't sure how many days that the kittens had been trapped in the wall. We also aren't sure if they dropped a little at a time or all at once. Hopefully she doesn't move them again. We want to monitor them to make sure that they are okay.