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post #1 of 17 Old 01-15-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Barn Cats and Dogs

I'm wanting to get a barn cat(s) and or dogs especially to help with the pest problem.

How did you find the perfect barn cat or dog? How do you get them to stay around? What breed? Age?

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-15-2009, 05:43 PM
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We have tons of barn cats, but you have to get them spayed/neutered or else they WILL wonder off. We got all of our cats from ads in the newspaper saying 'FREE cats/kittens'. We have a heated office that they can stay in at night, but only one of our cats actually will come to the office at night, the others usually hang in the hayloft. We do have a kitty door that's connected to the restroom door, which is also heated. I'm sure the cats that don't go in the office will go in there at some point during the night. We have water and dry food that we leave in the office and restroom for them. Don't leave cat food it out in the barn. We found out the hard way it doesn't only attract cats.

We haven't had a barn dog for years, but Ralph, our old rottweiler/german shepard/wolf/mastiff/whatever who wouldn't hurt a fly, did scare off MANY people. So maybe choosing a unscary dog breed would be an idea if you have a lot of people coming in and out. But then again if you want to make sure unwanted people stay out of the barn it might be good idea. Ralph never chased the horses, he thought sleeping in the very first stall was just fine. He stayed at the manager's house at night which was onsite.

I'll try and get a pic of Ozzy soon (the cat who comes in the office at night). :)
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we have 3 barn cats. The "momma" cat then her 2 babies that she came with. They don't have names. The one will some times come up to me but we have NO more pest problems. We have huge bags of grain and they would always chew through the bag and we would find dead mice in our grain all the time. We also live in an area were there are lots of coyotes. So we have 2 big white dogs that came together that live out in the fields with the horses and cows. One of the dogs is a 3 lagged dog. She got stepped on by one of the horses. Then we went and got pins put in her feet adn we tried to keep her inside but it just didnt happend so it ended up getting gang green and so it had to be taken off. Sad becuase she used to love running full out back and forth from field to field checking on the horses and cows. But she gets around good. Lol
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-15-2009, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Should I have a litter box for out door kitties? Where should it be kept? That's another thing.. where to keep food so rodents and bugs don't get to it?
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they normally show up as strays and such here.

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The cat and kitten fairy dropps them off at my house in the middle of the night. I go out to feed in the morning and as I count heads sometime we have one more. So I try to get them spayed and neutered then find homes for them so that I don't wind up with more than I can handle. It cost me a bundle every year being "given" someones unwanted cat to spay/neuter and get the shots for, but I do not complain and enjoy being able to find them good homes. If you were closer you could have your pick. LOL I am thinking about getting a litter box for the outside cats, getting tired of them going where they should not.
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well at my barn we have 1 cat. Her name is Inky and she's a fat little thing. Climbs the rafters and above the stalls. Make sure there spayed/nutered. We leave her food in the blacksmith crossties and she sleeps in her little heated kitty bed lol.

At the one stable I rode at they had a dog. It was some type of pointer. He was hyper as anything and would find anything for you to play with. I would come in and he'd sit there wagging his tail and carrying around a ball.

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Should I have a litter box for out door kitties? Where should it be kept? That's another thing.. where to keep food so rodents and bugs don't get to it?

We don't have a litter box outside, but we do have one in the office if they stay in there at night. I've seen them use our indoor arena and some of the stalls as their litter box. Lol
We keep our cat food next to the office door during the day, and bring it in at night. But like I said in my previous post we also keep cat food in our office and restroom(has kitty door for them to come in and out). I've also noticed that if we provide too much food that they give up the whole 'catch birds and mice thing' so we only leave the dry food out at night. We let them in at night if they wish, but if they want to stay out they have to catch their own food.
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Cats? We have a few adults cats at the barn that live in the barn and they have kittens every once in a while but as for the dogs? The ones we have were either full grown dogs already and they were just trained on a leash then left free to roam as they got used to the barn (2 chiwawas, spelling??)and the third dog arrived as puppy. She is a golden retriever. Not sure how they had her adjust to the barn but she is really good and watches the property.
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we have 2 barn kitties...well1 barn kitty......i think we have the hot spot for mice because our nieghbours cat pink cames to hunt at our barn every chance he has, boots (our barn kitty) has been with us for about 2 years now...but yes some times the magic kitty fairy comes and visits us at night too!!!! Been thinking of making daisy the house cat in to a barn cat.......she keeps brining her "catch" in to our bed.

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