The wild-child of the cat set. They have been helping to protect our grain and feed stores since around 7,500 BC. And they’re not just limited to barns, here in Kent County we even have a few in airplane hangars, chicken coops (she likes to sleep with them), and a friend-of-the-Alpacas cat. Feral cats are generally the ones who are born outside and not rescued as kittens in time to be domesticated. Though some can become quite friendly and attached to livestock and humans alike. Just like indoor cats, they are entertaining and have personalities all their own.
- If you think you’d like to adopt a Barn Cat there are a few things to keep in mind.
It’s estimated that feral cats produce 80% of the kittens born in the US each year. You’ll end a lot of suffering and the spreading of disease by helping out the cat population here. PLEASE spay or neuter them as soon as possible. There are programs in the county to help with this, so please get in touch with us (410-778-3648).
- Be generous to your workers! Feeding them a high protein dry food will give them the calories they need to go out and get those vermin. Letting them have wet food will add to their water intake, which is important, too.
- In extreme cold, bales of hay can make very comfortable nests for them.
- Keep toxins away from these curious critters. Anti-freeze, pesticides, live-stock wormers, etc., can spell a painful end for them.
- Rabies shots are essential. After all, they are on or near your property and keeping diseases under control is good for you and our community. Changes in disposition or appetite could indicate an illness that might be easily treated and should be addressed.
Feral cats can be a helpful part of your life. They are good workers and ask for very little in return. And it’s fun to see that familiar face popping up now and again as you go about your business.
We have a cat barn at the Shelter with several eager applicants who are looking for a new ‘house’. They are already spayed or neutered and up to date on shots, and are free. Just stop by and see who might be a good match for you!