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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2015, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Potential Transition: Barn Cat to House Cat?

Do you think it's possible for a barn cat to make the transition to being a house cat?

We have a grey cat in our barn named Cat. S/he (?) is the sweetest creature on the planet. We are unsure of its gender but as it does not have visible boy parts and no kittens have shown up, I think it's safe to assume that this cat is spayed/neutered.

Cat showed up at the barn a few years ago and has kind of claimed it as its territory. We feed it cat food (it also hunts mice). Cat has all four claws - something painfully obvious when it wants to cuddle.

Every time anyone walks to the barn Can runs to greet them. Cat purrs, rubs on, licks, climbs, and begs for belly scratches from everyone. This cat is beyond affectionate - one time Cat climbed up me, perched on my shoulder and licked my face. S/he is also very helpful with chores. S/he supervises the unloading of hay/grain/shavings, and follows you everywhere you go in the barn.

I think it is safe to assume that at one point this cat lived in a house or in an environment where it was socialized by humans. The cat moved in and was never wary of us. It was immediately friendly and social, not skittish at all. We pet it every time we go to the barn, and while we don't bring it to the vet, we do administer flea and tick medication every year.

I am potentially moving out next year and I thought maybe I would take the cat with me when I moved.

The place I would move into is the neighbor house (very close proximity to the horse barn) and I thought I'd let it be an indoor/outdoor cat since it has lived much of its life outdoors.

But if you think that a barn cat wouldn't be able to make the transition to being a house cat then maybe it's best if s/he stays in the barn?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2015, 02:46 AM
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Usually works out fine. I've taken barn cats in and had no problems at all.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-05-2015, 06:09 AM
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Both our indoor cats were barn cats. The older one came from the neighbors and we found my little girl in our barn. I think she was abandoned, like her mom didn't want anything to do with her.

It should be easy, introduce it slowly and be ready for any kind of mess.
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She will likely just head back to the barn. Sounds like she's happy there. No kittens or has she been spayed?

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Indoor/outdoor sure but imo (many of them not all) once they get a taste for outside they are miserable inside. It is worth trying though, she sounds like she wants to be with you.

The cat should see a vet. They can tell you a gender and more importantly give vaccines, including rabies which is quite likely a legal requirement. If you're going to feed it at least vaccinate it and if you're taking it home as "yours" then you are fully responsible.
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