|My barn cat - Honey Delite.|
I went to my local animal shelter's website and saw that they had a feral barn cat program. Turns out that many shelters offer very similar programs. Farmers and other property owners can adopt cats who are not suitable to live as a family pet to come and live in their barn. The cats, who would be otherwise euthanized, get to go live with the farmers and hunt mice and other rodents.
Benefits of Adopting a Cat for Your Barn
There are many benefits of choosing to adopt a cat from your local shelter's barn cat program, if they offer one. Here are some of them.
- Keep rodents and other unwanted creatures out of your barn and property. Protect any grains or other feed from rodents by employing the cats to hunt for you!
- The cats are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Most of the things I have read offer the barn cats to farmers for free. If not free, the charges are relatively low. This way, your cats won't overpopulate your property.
- Cats are enjoyable to watch. Whether or not you're able to pet your barn cats, they are still pleasant to watch.
- You'll be saving a life! The cats who are adopted out in these barn cat programs would otherwise be euthanized. They are usually considered feral or not friendly enough to adopt into new family homes.
I'm sure there are other benefits, but these are some of the main ones. You will still need to offer the cats food and water on a daily basis, as well as an area that they can find shelter when needed. Veterinary care for the cats is also something to be considered.
|Our original hardcore rodent|
hunter - Kitty Kitty Meow Meow.
If you or someone you know has a farm with a barn or some other type of property, perhaps you can check out your local animal shelter to see if they offer a similar program. Especially if you have rodents on your property.