Saturday, August 11, 2007

Barn Cats?

Someone has come up with an interesting way to deal with feral (wild) cats.

There's a small ad or article- probably more of a public service announcement- in the Eureka Reporter this morning. I can't find it online. It's titled Barn Cats Available.

It goes on to say that these folks have a number of cats available for adoption. They were all wild cats that were captured, neutered and vaccinated. Now they're asking for people with barns or other outbuildings to adopt the cats and let them live in the outdoor home you provide.

Interesting idea, and could become a useful one for people that have problems with rodents. All they ask of adopters is that the cats have shelter, food and any medical needs are met.

About the only downside is cats, especially younger ones, do tend to kill birds.

Still, not a bad idea. I wish them luck. If interested in getting a barn cat, call (707) 444-2079.


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless The Beasts, Friends for Life, and other animal welfare organizations will help maintain the colonies by providing food etc..

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Rose said...

One of my best cats was a barn kitten. Great hunter, too. Lived to be 13.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put a bell around their necks and feed them bagged food. That will fix the bird problem... or you might end up turning them into ninja attack cats. By the time you hear the jingle, it's too late.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I'm allergic to cats and don't like them pooping in the fresh garden dirt. There are feral cats in Loleta. There is a fellow that feeds them. Every morning and evening and every day, 365 days a year, you can see Paul the Cat Man riding his bike over hill and dale feeding the cats. He introduced himself to us as, "Paul the Cat Man."

Those kitties in the paper were cute. But there are foxes living in the canyon, bobcats and coyotes. One of our neighbors large dogs were attacked the other night by something big, probably a cougar.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Rose wrote, "One of my best cats was a barn kitten.".

Come to think of it, I guess we've had a few barn kittens over the years.

For a while we'd always seem to have one "stray" cat hanging in our back yard. They'd usually sleep in the greenhouse. We'd end up feeding them, but that was about it.

We were always under the impression that those cats belonged to someone in the neighborhood, but they just chose to spend most of the time in our yard.

In fact, the second barn cat we had was claimed by its owner after it lived in our yard a few months. They lived around the corner but had moved to Mckinleyville and couldn't find their cat when time came to move.

The gal came around one day asking if we'd seen her snow white cat and I immediately said, "Oh, Snowball?".

Yep, it was her cat. Funny thing was it wouldn't have anything to do with her or her kids. We ended up having to trick it to catch it in our kitty carrier so she could take it home with her. I guess the cat forgot all about its old family and considered us his new people.

Our last barn cat, Cloney, just seemed to disappear some months ago. Haven't had any new ones replace him since he left.


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