B: Barn Cats

In participation with the A to Z Blog Challenge for 2016, I’m posting about people, places, and things from the past, in an A to Z theme. We’ll post every day during April, except Sunday’s – when we all get time off for good behavior.

I hope you enjoy these posts about the past. Check out some of the awesome blogs that are participating in the A to Z Challenge this year. There’s over 1700 blogs participating in the challenge, so I’m sure you’ll find some treasures in there.

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B: BARN CATS

Not every cat can find a forever home.

I wish they could.

If every cat had a warm, loving family to snuggle up with every night, life would be grand. But the truth is, not every cat is meant to be in a house, living in close proximity with people and children.

The Humane Society estimates there are 30 to 40 million feral and stray cats. Most of these are not accustomed to human contact and usually too fearful to be handled or adopted. They are not good candidates for family living. However, many of these might make good barn cats.

Barn Cats, Inc., out of Lewisville, Texas, is one organization actively relocating feral cats as barn cats. They find suitable locations such as a farm, horse stable, warehouse, plant nursery or other outdoor location where the cats roam free, keeping the rat, mice and snake population down, in exchange for a safe home.

If you’re not near north Texas, their site has a listing of other barn cat organizations.

While different groups may have their own qualifications, Barn Cats Inc. primarily accepts feral cats, not friendly cats suitable for pets, from urban situations where they are in danger. The cats must be at least eight months old. Preference is given to cats that are threatened by poisoning or shootings, hoarders, and other similar serious situations that require immediate attention.

If the cats come in together, Barn Cats, Inc. places them together. They feel the cats have a better stay rate if they have friends or family with them.

Rehoming feral and stray cats is a mission of love. Expenses always seem to exceed resources. Especially when you start factoring in medical checks and services. Barn Cats, Inc. is always open for donations – either in monetary form, or in supplies. Some of the supplies that Barn Cats, Inc. is always open for include:

Dry or wet cat food (Friskies, Purina One, Whiskas)

Bags of clay litter (non-clumping or clumping)

Cat beds and small blankets

Automatic Feeders and Waterers

Cat Toys

Cleaning supplies (paper towels, Anti-bacterial cleaning spray, trash bags)

So, as much as I’d love to take in every cat or kitten I could, it’s not feasible. Other options are out there though – rehoming some feral cats as barn cats is one of the choices.

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14 thoughts on “B: Barn Cats

  1. That sounds like a great idea. I am sure the kitties are much safer on a farm than in cities. I wish they could all have homes too, but some just never adjust.

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    1. I’m with you, wish they could all find homes. But I’m sure that many are happier as a barn cat not having to socialize much with humans. And much safer for them there.

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  2. We always have several cats around. They are awesome at making sure no mice come in the house and mousing out around where we keep all the feed in the shed. All of ours are tame enough to pet. They all get a small portion of dry food each day, but we want them a little hungry so they’ll get those varmits! We also give them certain scraps for treats. They will also fight and hold a snake in place until you can get there to kill it. Good to keep a chicken or two loose in the yard as well. They keep the area clean of smaller pests.
    Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

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  3. I think we have unwittingly adopted some ‘barn cats’. The retired farmer who lived a hundred metres up the lane from us used to feed a number of feral cats – good for keeping the rodent population under some sort of control. He died last year. Later, when we were looking after a couple of large dogs for a sick friend, our Jack Russell flushed a cat, which ran toward the two large dogs, who somehow managed to kill it.
    The next day, we saw two small kittens wandering aimlessly, and assumed their dam had been killed. My wife put out some food for them, and continued doing that, until they were able to feed themselves. Fifteen months later, four mature cats regularly visit the ledge for food. Their food is on the other side of a frosted window that our Jack Russell can see but can’t reach, and he goes mad every time!

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

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