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I am the furthest thing from a cat person to the point that I despise them, BUT I missed getting the first mouse at the barn yesterday before it made it to hiding.
When you go to the humane society what do you look for in a cat to make a good barn cat? Do you even get them from there or what?
I was going to post in an old thread from back in May of last year about this, but the suggestion box popped up saying I should start a new thread rather than one more than xxx amount of days old.
If you despise cats, I would not suggest you get a barn cat. They deserve the same love and care as a household cat.
Also, our barn cats are not too great at killing the mice, but birds, lizards, grasshoppers, and snakes are a different story.
Instead, set up snap traps and bucket traps.
When we were looking for barn cats we flat out told the SPCA what we were looking for. They actually were really helpful and showed us some cats that they thought would be good barn cats. We looked for something that was brave and alert and showed interest in playing and exploring.
The cats they suggested to us actually turned out to be great barn cats. They were catching mice like crazy for the first few weeks and then our mouse problem seemed to have faded away. They were still catching the odd one here and there as they lingered around. Barn cats come in handy and I find a lot of them really just show their faces to eat and they are off doing their thing the rest of the time. They do still like some love though when they come around to eat, also make sure you get a short haired. Long hair cats require a lot of brushing which is not ideal in a barn life.
Got ours when it was hanging around my husbands work. Seems people do not want to pay to take them to the shelter so drop them off out there. :-(
If you hate cats, please don't get a barn cat. They need love and attention just like housecats - you can't throw it in a barn and expect it to be happy without ANY friends and ANY human interaction. Every barn me and Clem have been to has barn cats - some have two - and even while everyone loves on them hwen we go out there they're still just starved for all the attention we can give them. If you hate cats and don't plan on giving that to them get traps. (One of the black barn cats, the one in my Avatar, LOVED to come riding with me).
That being said, all the barn cats at the barns we've been to have just showed up and made themselves at home, and the BOs started feeding them and put out beds and cat climby things/toys. I'm sure if you tell the humane society exactly what kind of cat you're looking for they can help you out.
Thanks.. I wouldn't say I'm cruel to them, but to hold one and snuggle it up to my face and such or pet bare handed would send me into a sneezing convulsion.
I will set up a bucket trap this evening and see how that works out there. I've done few here at work that were successful.
Or do like my fiance does and grab the rifle and go hunting :shock:
We got two kittens 4 years ago that were brothers from the same litter. And they hunt together all day (maybe we were just lucky) Also we have friends who got 3 kittens and tied a toy mouse to the end of a fishing pole and played with them with it for a hour or so a day and now they hunt mice ALL the time!! I think the best and long term thing to do is get a few kittens
Barn cat?!?! What's a "barn cat?"
I tried it that way, but my DH INSISTS that all 5 of them sleep in the house as night...and sit on our laps in front of the tv...and eat out of the antique high chair...in the living room. =b
Roadyy. ,my youngest DD is very allergic to the cats, but she still pets them. They understood "love" with being fed and letting them rub on your leg. That's an adequate sufficiency. DO put out cat food for them. They won't make it on mice, alone. I feed mine the cheapest on the market, and they are fat and glossy.
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