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  We have the purrfect pet for you!  
Seeking adopters with a warm barn, shed, or other outdoor housing to give Community cats a chance.  Often, this is the only option available for these cats, and you will also be helping us save lives.

BARN CATS: Common Questions

How long should I keep my barn cat confined? 
We recommend enclosed confinement for at least 1-2 weeks to help your cat learn that the particular area is not only its shelter, but also a source of food and water. 

What kind of care do I need to provide?
          Provide a warm, secure, dry barn or building to protect them from the
​          elements and predators.
  • Commit to keeping the cats confined to a large cage for approximately three weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
  • Provide a daily supply of dry food and fresh water – during confinement and after release.
  • Monitor and provide for the safety and well-being of the cats as their caretakers.
  • Make daily verbal contact with the cats, before release and after, so they become familiar with you.
  • Provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.

Is it better to adopt one or two barn cats? 
Cats are social animals, and community cats generally feel more comfortable among other cats. We strongly recommend that you adopt more than one. There is no charge for adopting a barn cat, although donations to help cover costs are greatly appreciated!

I already have cats living on my property. What’s the difference? 
Free‑roaming cats are major contributors to the seasonal boom in cat reproduction and the resulting flood of kittens into shelters. Spaying or neutering those cats can help reduce shelter overpopulation. Adopting spayed/neutered barn cats will not only drastically reduce the number of unwanted litters in our community, but will also diminish their urge to roam or fight with other cats.

What do you look for when evaluating the property for a cat?
We seek a garden, barn, garage, shed or outbuildings for these cats. The barn or shed needs to have plenty of hiding spots for the cats. Rafters are a good place to go if the cats find themselves chased by another animal. Under bales of hay, in a shed or below a deck are also create good safety zones for the cats. Outdoor areas that are not too heavily manicured, with bushes, tall weeds or grasses, also help to provide cover. In buildings or shelters, two doors are best, with one as an entrance and the other for escape, so they can avoid being cornered and trapped inside by predators.
The property owners only responsibility will be to provide daily food/water, protection from the elements, and long-term vet care.  After a short period of secure confinement, the cats will accept your barn as their new home.

What is the benefit of a barn cat for rodent control?
Supporting a barn cat is a safe, inexpensive way to control the rodent population. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into, no need to set nasty traps. This environmentally friendly pest control saves money and prevents horses, livestock, and dogs from being accidentally poisoned. 

Is it possible to build a relationship with the cat?
You will most likely enjoy watching the cats, learning their habits, and communicating with them. It can be quite satisfying to know you have saved its life by giving it a much-needed home. Many people appreciate the cats themselves as well as the work the cats do — keeping rodents away from electrical wires, motor homes, hay, and many other things. There is nothing quite like having a daily relationship with these community cats which are not wild or aggressive, just extremely shy. They need safe outdoor spaces. Some of these cats, in time, will allow petting from a trusted caregiver; others will keep a safe distance but enjoy playing or sleeping in the garden while you are nearby. Most are curious about people, and will interact with you (to a greater or lesser degree) at feeding time.  

Acclimating your Community Cats to a new environment
Place the cat in a large cage or kennel within the building they will be calling home.  Give the cat a small towel lined carrier with the door held open with a small bungee cord, food and water, and a litter box.  Clay litter is better than clumping in this environment, as clumping litter can get wet or in the water bowl, making a sticky mess that is more difficult to clean up.
Clean the litter box and give fresh food and water daily. This can easily be done by closing the cat inside the carrier (the one you have bungeed open) to keep the cat safe while you are tending to its needs.
After 1-2 weeks, you can open the cage door. Food and water should be kept both inside and outside of the cage. Once the cats leave, they may never want to go back into the cage.
After two more weeks, the cats should be comfortable in their new home and the cage and supplies can be taken away.
Caring for your barn cat is as easy as providing fresh food and water daily. Some barn cat caregivers keep litter pans inside their barns, but often are rarely used. Never rely on outdoor cats to sustain themselves on rodents alone, they need a nutrient rich diet to sustain a healthy life.