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  • feral cats - whats your SOP?

    (SOP = Standard Operating Procedure)

    my barn kitty has alerted me that another interloper has breached her territory. she is not pleased, she's also small and old and just doesn't do cat fights.

    this is not someones pet, it's truly feral, is not interested in interacting with me in the least - only running off my sweet kitty to eat her food and sleep in her cozy loft. since i haven't noticed any spraying, i'm thinking this is female, and the very LAST thing i need right now is a new crop of feral cats.

    what do you do when a feral cat shows up at your barn?
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    If it were me I would trap it and take it to a local rescue here that spays/neuters for free and have that taken care of. Then bring her back to my farm and tame her. I have done this before with a truly feral cat and he is now the biggest love and a great barn cat.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Diamondindykin View Post
      If it were me I would trap it and take it to a local rescue here that spays/neuters for free and have that taken care of. Then bring her back to my farm and tame her. I have done this before with a truly feral cat and he is now the biggest love and a great barn cat.
      Me too.
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      • #4
        I have about 6 feral cats milling around. None of which let me within touching distance. I also have one stray cat (Gingin) who I moved into the barn and coincidently, has an appointment in the morning with the vet. I don't think I’ll get out of the office for anything under $100 so the idea of being able to get the feral colony fixed for free is very appealing. Any rescue in PA by chance?
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            Originally posted by Diamondindykin View Post
            If it were me I would trap it and take it to a local rescue here that spays/neuters for free and have that taken care of. Then bring her back to my farm and tame her. I have done this before with a truly feral cat and he is now the biggest love and a great barn cat.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
              I have about 6 feral cats milling around. None of which let me within touching distance. I also have one stray cat (Gingin) who I moved into the barn and coincidently, has an appointment in the morning with the vet. I don't think I’ll get out of the office for anything under $100 so the idea of being able to get the feral colony fixed for free is very appealing. Any rescue in PA by chance?
              Here is the place that does it here in Washington State:
              http://www.thenoahcenter.org/Noah_Sp...erPrograms.asp

              I would think that there are other rescues/shelters that spay/neuter feral cats for free in most areas. The only rule here is that you have to take the cat back after surgery.
              RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
              May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
              RIP San Lena Peppy
              May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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              • #8
                I trapped 6 or 7 feral cats at my barn last year. I took them to my regular vets, who gave me a great deal to spay/neuter/rabies vax/flea tx -- brought them back home and let them go. Still feed them, not sure who is still around. I have a regular (tame) spayed female barn cat and don't have any problems. Maybe feed them in separate areas. We also have a low-cost spay/neuter program here and you don't have to take them back in after spay/neuter/rabies vax. Good luck!
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                • #9
                  I trapped momma kitty and her kittens -- had everyone fixed at the SNAP - cost $55 each -- that's not free but well worth the cost to have no more kittens showing up yearly -- never could dad-cat though

                  need to get the trap back out as I've been seeing an orange cat around lately -- just hate dealing with the possum/'coon (have had both of those in trap) or god-forbid skunk (thankfully has not happened yet)
                  Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                  The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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                  • #10
                    We get them all the time! We trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate, micro chip & ear notch and release them back here on the farm - unless I have enough all ready. There is a local pet rescue that provides the services providing I bring them the animals for $25 per animal.
                    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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                    • #11
                      Trap them and have them euth'd either by the vet when he comes out or a vet I am friends with (so free). I have no need for cats and most of them are pretty sick by the time we can get them caught.

                      A friend caught 32 feral cats and kittens at her new barn one year, including 7 litters. wtf do you do with 30 cats? Finally got the tomcat on the neighbors place neutered and no more babies at least.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SGray View Post
                        I trapped momma kitty and her kittens -- had everyone fixed at the SNAP - cost $55 each -- that's not free but well worth the cost to have no more kittens showing up yearly -- never could dad-cat though

                        need to get the trap back out as I've been seeing an orange cat around lately -- just hate dealing with the possum/'coon (have had both of those in trap) or god-forbid skunk (thankfully has not happened yet)
                        GO SNAP!! I've had severla done there myself, SGray.

                        I truly believe in the spay/neuter/release program. it works and no new kittens.
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                        • #13
                          if its a kitten i trap it, treat it and tame it, if its an adult, i trap it and take it to the vet, if its sick put it down if not neuter and get shots then turn them back out, my husband and i are the crazy dog and cat people and my vet gives me a huge break

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                          • #14
                            Hay

                            Previous poster said: "If it were me I would trap it and take it to a local rescue here that spays/neuters for free and have that taken care of. Then bring her back to my farm and tame her. I have done this before with a truly feral cat and he is now the biggest love and a great barn cat."

                            Me four with a Hav-A-Heart trap! Except it's never free by us. If it's a pregnant female which is what we usually get, we take it in to have an abortion/spay and then bring it back to the farm. I kinda feel bad about that but hope they feel nothing. We've "friendly-ed" up quite a few nice mousers for our barn.
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                            • #15
                              Around here they get shot on sight same as stray dogs.
                              Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.

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                              • #16
                                Around here we don't have any feral or barn cats.
                                The resident lynx takes care of any foolish enough to think they can stay.
                                Raw nature at work.

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                                • #17
                                  I don't feed free choice, and my cats eat on our back porch when they are fed. We have stray toms that migrate through, but they usually don't stay long.

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                                  • #18
                                    yes, really appreciate SNAP

                                    one year caught a single male youngster that was limping so took him to 'regular' vet so he could get x-rayed along with neuter/rabies vac. - that boy cost $350 (leg had been broken but was healing well by the time he went in so no treatment was necessary for it)
                                    Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                                    The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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                                    • #19
                                      Bang!
                                      Bang!
                                      Bang!

                                      Remember, feral cats are the number 1 killer of wildlife...bunnies, squirrels, song birds, pheasant/quail/ducks. The Pennsylvania game law book requests hunters shoot any feral cat they find. Great rabies vectors too!

                                      National Geographic had a program called "Tiger at the Hearth" about cats and the destruction of wildlife they cause. A neat show, very enlightening.
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                                      • #20
                                        If they hang around and tame down, they get taken to the vet, tested (if they come back positive for fe-leuk they're put down immediately), fixed, and brought back. We don't bother to trap. If they are in the barn and eating they either eventually tame or the dominant male runs them off. If they don't tame we ignore them unless they become a problem and then try and shoot them. Though we've never had one that was really that big an issue--too many cars and predators (we know we have bobcats and coyotes and some very nasty possums in the area. And rumor has it someone's sighted a cougar moving down into the area--as the MI DNR *FINALLY* admitted that they exist in the UP and northern Lower, I can believe that.) Usually we'll see one around for a bit, and it'll disappear, and usually it's not really a feral in any case--we get more visitors from the dairy farm up the road.
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