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post #11 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:04 PM
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Shelters will sometimes have feral cats that need a place to stay... and a cat that has grown up feral certainly doesn't need (or want) attention from people. If they have a place to stay and some food, they're usually content to stay out of your way as long as you stay out of theirs.
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:21 PM
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We actually put an ad on craiglist for "seeking mousers" when we were looking for some barn cats. There are a lot of farms in our area who have almost too many barn cats and who were more than willing to give some away.
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:22 PM
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You want a (spayed) female. Much better mousers than the males.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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I assume DH stands for Darling Husband??
I do have an M4 Assault rifle (airsoft, ofcourse) that holds 300 rounds and sends them down field at about 450 ft per sec...hmmm if it doesn't kill them it dern well may provide some serious entertainment...Unlike when I accidentally on purpose popped my DW(Sp?) with a single full auto burst from about 15 feet away.

I was not the DH for a few days until she got her new Smokey Mountain boots.

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post #16 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:36 PM
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DH means Darling Husband

My fiance uses our .22 nylon to stalk mice around. We've used the airsoft, it was fun but the .22 is even more entertianing lol. We do this at our camp in no mans land. Thankfully don't have a mouse problem at home. But the bucket trap works great when we're not at the camp. Then its mouse hunting when we're there. They are sassy little brats too. They will come in and sit up in the rafters of our camp(its a true country style hunting camp if ya get what I mean) and they will sit there looking at us. We grab the gun and they're gone lol
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:52 PM
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You don't need to love and snuggle and dote over a barn cat, but its also not take one home and say adios! They will need food. We give dry food, less in the summer and more in the winter. When the barn cat comes around I give her a few strokes, she is content then she walks away. Of course she get regular vet care plus flea and tick stuff.

Another option is to get a ratting dogs like a jack or another terrier.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 03:41 PM
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We have two at the barn that showed up from next door (both are TERRIFIED of dogs and they have more nasty, barky dogs over there than I have fingers to count).

The one loooooooves people. He doesn't care if it's a kid holding him upside down, making him dance, brushing him with a horse brush, dressing him in polo wraps (look Mom, it's a mummy kitty!) or on and on and on... he brings me dead mice when I am feeding, knows I will fill his dish with cat food and love on him for being such a good kitty.

The other kitty is terrified of life itself. We close the barn up at night so I close the door all but a couple inches and walk away, kitty then runs into the barn and I come back and completely close it. I've seen him with multiple dead mice so I am not taking any chances on him getting killed or eaten by something. He eats after the other kitty is done and they both have heated beds (scaredy kitty likes his bed surrounded by full bags of feed).
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 03:49 PM
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BTW..watch out if you have bunnies that you love. Barn cats eat them, too.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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No Easter bunnies. We,,er my wife had pullets until they got destroyed. Found out a few days later it was the M-I-L's long haired dachshund as one oft he neighbors came over and said they caught him going after theirs.

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