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post #31 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 12:52 PM
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Where we are now we get rats. Not just rats but GIANT HUGE MONSTROUS NOT AFRAID OF HUMANS RATS. We had an guy come out to rid us of the problem, but were told that because of the brush brambles in the 20 acres behind us, they will never go all the way away.

As my hubby is desperatly allergic to cats, I had resorted to poison. When I would start seeing them, I woudl toss lots of poison anywhere they dogs coudln't reach.

Then, about a year ago, some road construction displaced some feral cats - right into my yard!!!! There are two of them, a gray and white one and an orange one. I have never gotten within 25 feet of either of them, but they stick around and take care of my rat problem.

Because of the rats and the racoons, there is no where I can leave them food, or I would. They are slowly teaching my dogs that they don't liek to be chased.

Althogh I don't have the horses at home, I do have goats, so I have feed - I leave the feed door open so the cats can stalk anywhere they want! I love my feral cats!!!!
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Yikes!! If we had rats like that I would be terrified! Glad you found some good kitties. We live near a wooded area too, with lots of farmland, so field mice are always going to around us too.
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Yeah, the first time I was sitting in the living room and watched one trot across the bench outside the window, stop and look at me, and then walk off I about died! Until that time, I had been strictly a no poision every type person... and then one chased me out of the feed room because he wasn't done with his breakfast yet....

I used three POUNDS of rat poision over the next six months. Every few months I would get glimpses of them, and then came those two cats... I love those cats!!!!

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post #34 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 01:18 PM
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Where I live, the biggest shelter here has a program where they give cats that can't be adopted away for free to barns :)
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post #35 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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I adopted 4 cats from the local shelter for barn cats. I went through and picked ones that had been there for some time and didn't look like they had much chance at adoption. The shelter discounted the adoption fee and had all of them spayed/neutered/shots. Honestly it was far cheaper than taking a "free" kitten to the vet for the same care, and I was able to spring a few from the shelter before they were euthanized. These cats have turned out to be the friendliest barn cats ever... and they are enjoying their freedom while keeping the pest population down.
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post #36 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 02:40 PM
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What a nice thing to do, and a good idea too! Good luck with your new cat! :)
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post #37 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 03:12 PM
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Roo -he looks like a very nice cat. Congrats.
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Thanks!! He is a sweetie. I think he is happy in his new home.
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post #39 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 10:14 PM
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Roo, I doubt that the mice are on to Milo. Mice are not that smart. Put it this way - for the one that is wise it's too late.
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Aw, Milo looks like such a darling . I would get some wire snips and just snip that little bell right off his collar. Glad to hear that he's off to a good start.

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