Barn Cats: Born to Be a Little Wild

 

Cats and barns have a symbolic relationship practically dating back to when man first began practicing agriculture. All of the stores of grain attracted rodents, which in turn, attracted feline hunters. Seeing their usefulness, farmers thought it might be a good idea to keep cats around and so began the domestication of these graceful, skilled hunters.

Though many cats are friendly and might be better at offering companionship than pest control, they are still, as a species, relatively new to the process of domestication. Some feral cats might remind you for a racoon than your fluffy house kitty. In between the lounging house cat and the street fighting alley cat, we have the timeless barn cat.

While we at Friends of Companion Animals always trying to find suitable homes for our feline wards, some cats are just happier when they aren’t confined indoors. They are not entirely feral and will typically tolerate some level of human interaction. These are the felines we find to be the happiest living in barns, hunting out pests and getting by with a little supervision and care from the lucky barn owners to whom they provide their services.

If you feel you could use the services of such a useful feline in exchange for shelter, food, and water, come visit our shelter and let one of our volunteers help find the right mouser for you. Just like the companion cats we care for, these barn cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated before their re-homed. While we do not charge a fee for adopting these barn cats, we do appreciate donations to help offset the $100 in medical costs that make them ready for your barn or garage.

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