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Encouraging stray cats to stay around the barn

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  • Encouraging stray cats to stay around the barn

    I've seen two and "coincidentally" our mice population in the barn has lessened.

    If I wanted them to hang around, what should I do? Put cat food in the barn?

  • #2
    Yes, provide food, water and a comfy place to sleep.
    They will move in and consider your farm home. Good hunters will continue to hunt even with food provided.



    • #3
      Feed them.
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      • Original Poster

        Do you think they will automatically find the food vs. some other unwanted creature? I have not seen them in the barn, just on the property.

        Is up high on hay bales a good place to put the food? Will this just attract more mice?


        • #5
          My neighbor and I share "custody" of a beautiful siamese stray. We both feed her and she hasn't left. Yet she still hunts like nobody's business. We found out that three of us (me, neighbor, and neighbors FIL who lives across the street) were feeding the cat 1-2X a day and the cat was still bringing me dead mice/rats.

          And her favorite place to sleep is on top of my 5-bale-tall hay stacks. So I think you could put food up there for it, and it may be a favorite place to hang out.


          • #6
            Put dry food out during the day in the barn, take it in at night. Leave water all the time. Kitty will learn to come during the day and she'll stay. Not too many really loathsome creatures will come into the barn during daylight hours for the food.
            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


            • #7
              Yes, all you have to do is provide food and water.

              And please corral them, when you can, and get them fixed.

              Otherwise you will end up with cats, cats, and more cats and all the aunts and uncles will be parents to their own kin


              • #8
                Definitely don't leave food out overnight, that just invites trouble.

                As much as possible, I'd make a very obvious deal about putting food out when you see the kitties come around, even if you only put a few pieces in an already full bowl.

                Water at all times.

                Boxes! LOL
                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                • #9
                  Absolutely do not leave food out overnight.

                  Learn from my Fail:
                  I had it out with a good-sized raccoon last night.
                  Him vs. Me w/pitchfork.
                  If the $%^#! hadn't scrambled up into the rafters I'd have forked him.
                  As it was, I had to wait him out until he thought it was safe to crawl down, then I "helped" him out the door.
                  This with me & both barncats in the barn & lights on @ 9P

                  I've also surprised possums when I flip on the lights at nightcheck & cleaned up scat from both species of varmint.
                  Thankfully not on my baled hay.
                  Ugh besides the fear of EPM.

                  As of tonight No More Catfood Out At Night ​E-V-E-R!
                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                  Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                  Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                  Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by walkinthewalk View Post
                    Yes, all you have to do is provide food and water.

                    And please corral them, when you can, and get them fixed.

                    Otherwise you will end up with cats, cats, and more cats and all the aunts and uncles will be parents to their own kin

                    See if there is a good TNR program near you.