Barn Cat Program

 

Periodically, OHS has available what we call a "Barn Cat" for adoption. These cats have been fixed, are up to date on shots, and are ready to go to work!!

If you are interested in a Barn Cat, please contact spayneuter@oconeehumane.org and let us know what you're looking for.

Re-homing Barn Cats

Relocating feral and outdoor cats is not as easy as physically placing them in their new outdoor home. Cats are very territorial, and if you simply place them in a new location, they will try to find their way back to where they came from, often times killing themselves in the process. Fortunately, feral and outdoor cats can be acclimated to a new territory fairly easy and in a short amount of time.

1.      Place the cat within the building they will be calling home or in a large cage/kennel within the building. A room or any enclosed area will work for acclimating; just be sure the cat cannot roam freely until it establishes this space as its new territory. Give the cat a towel/blanket/straw, food and water, and a litter box. Clay litter is better than clumping in this environment, as clumping litter can get wet or in the water bowl, making a sticky mess that is more difficult to clean up.

2.      Clean the litter box and give fresh food and water daily.

3.      After a few days to 2 weeks (depending on how you feel the cat is acclimating), you can open the building or cage/kennel door. Food and water should be kept in the building so that the cat can easily find it when seeking shelter.  If desired, food can also be kept in the open cage/kennel.

4.      After 1-2 more weeks, the cats should be comfortable in their new home and the cage and supplies can be taken away. (The cat has now established its new territory and will likely stay)

5.      Caring for your barn cat is as easy as providing fresh food and water daily. Some barn cat caregivers keep litter pans inside their barns, but often are rarely used. Never rely on outdoor cats to sustain themselves on rodents alone, they need a nutrient rich diet to sustain a healthy life.

 

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