Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
My BO has several barn cats, including my vrother's former cat. My brother's cat was a terrified thing that his constantly when he lived with my brother (who is a bachelor, lives by himself and is into show tunes and Barbara Streisand lol). Mr Kitty was an indoor cat his entire life, but after escaping for the fourth time and my brother having to use a live trap to catch him, I asked my BO if she wanted him for a barn cat. She immediately said yes (who wouldn't want a striking pure white cat with one blue eye and one green eye?!). So I made all the arrangements and Mr Kitty went to live at the barn. My BO treats her cats extremely well (they have their own room in the barn with beds, toys, litter boxes, food down constantly, and their own private entrance to the room so the dogs and pig can't get in) and they still catch mice all the time. Mr Kitty (now named Cracker) has completely come out of his shell and is now a barn favorite. He loves everyone, including the big male pot-belly pig named Guido, and isn't even remotely afraid of the horses.
Point being, even well-fed cats will hunt mice. My BO has zero problems with mice. All the cats she has were adopted from the local HS, AC or rescues as semi-feral or feral (except Mr Kitty/Cracker, of course). Most of them were labeled as "unadoptable" because they were so scared/wild. Some of them still need to be handled with gloves because they're just downright mean, but some, like Mr Kitty/Cracker and a big black long-haired tom named Bear, are absolute sweethearts.
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