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Feral kittens in my hay barn (the kittens have found homes)

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  • Feral kittens in my hay barn (the kittens have found homes)

    I discovered some kittens in my hay barn today. They look to be about 5-6 weeks old. Any ideas on how to catch them? I've got a live trap baited with some tuna. Anyone got any better ideas? They are hidden in a bunch of pallets that are leaning up against the wall so not really accessible without a lot of effort and I think they could fall and squish a kitten if I start messing with them.
    Last edited by bird4416; Jun. 18, 2010, 08:50 AM.
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

  • #2
    Hmmm... when I had to catch 4-5 week old ferals, I put on oven mitts and made a grab for as many as I could while they were "hiding". I managed to catch them all even though they were amazingly quick and vicious even at that tiny stage. You think, oh cute, little kittehs... yeah right.
    Good luck. Definitely invest in some oven mitts.

    P.S. They became sweet cats.
    You are what you dare.


    • #3
      I'd go with the live trap... spare your oven mitts. lol If the tuna doesn't get them, go to the pet store and find a quality wet food, something that will smell really strong and really tasty. Heck, you might even catch the mother.
      Tru : April 14, 1996 - March 14, 2011
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      • #4
        The mother's will usually move them once they know humans have found their hiddy hole. Make your presence known and momma kitty will relocate them. Trap if you want to relocate them to a shelter or AC for spay/neuter.
        Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


        • Original Poster

          Well, so far I have caught 4 kittens and the momma cat. I reset the trap in case there are any more. My vet was kind enough to lend me a large dog kennel so I have the moma and 1 kitten in there and the rest of the kittens are in a smaller crate. I plan on turning the kittens loose in the stall once I have it kitten proofed. The momma will go to the vet to be spayed on Monday and then released back on the farm. The kittens will need to be rehomed as I already have 6 cats and several ferals to feed.

          So, if anyone needs barn kittens please contact me. I will take some pics as soon as I find a spare minute. They are really cute.
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          • Original Poster

            Here are the promised cute kitty pics.



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            • #7
              Bless you for helping them and their mother. I have many ferals ~ all fixed ~ make wonderful barn or house cats. Thanks for sharing the pictures ~ they are very cute.
              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


              • #8
                Awww, they are adorable!!! Thank you so much for helping these little guys out instead of them reproducing and adding to the overpopulation.

                Great job at catching mom too! Is she a Tortie?
                MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

                Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                • #9
                  ZOMG kittens. Thanks for looking out for them.

                  It may just be that there isn't anything for size reference, but they look a little older than 6 weeks to me. I hope you can get them socialized enough to be good barn kitties.
                  bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
                  free bar.ka and tidy rabbit


                  • Original Poster

                    I'm guessing about the age so they may be closer to 8 weeks. And yes, momma is a tortie.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bird4416 View Post
                      I'm guessing about the age so they may be closer to 8 weeks. And yes, momma is a tortie.
                      I love Torties!!!! Have one right now, plus an orange, all black, tuxedo....and so on.
                      MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

                      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                      • #12
                        OMG you have an orangie I LOFF orangies............if you were closer I would take that one in a heartbeat but unfortunatly I live in Washington state
                        RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
                        May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
                        RIP San Lena Peppy
                        May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010


                        • Original Poster

                          Check out this cutie.
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                          • #14
                            Note to self: Dont open kitten piccy threads!

                            The cute black and white with the white stripe looks just like my cat Patches but where the back is, put calico! The other two in that pic are like ZOMG person! and that ones just like Yehhhh heyyyy Im just chillin.

                            The last one on your lap is to die for!

                            Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                            • #15
                              Aw they are just soooooooooooooo cute! Mommy is a beauty too! Good luck with them!
                              She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!


                              • #16
                                I wish I could get my barn cats to stay barn cats. My two neutered toms like life in the house, with a warm waterbed in the winter and A/C in the summer and a never-ending supply of kibble. Occasionally one will mosey down to the barn for a day of pretending to be a big-game hunter, but then it's back to the lap. My giant schnauzer pup is a better hunter than the cats!



                                • #17
                                  Loff the orangey one.
                                  I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                                  • #18
                                    awww! I love the orange one(s). I had such a cool cat that was orange, unfortunatly I think his sister--got them both from the vets office, think they were dropoffs?-- sold her soul to the coyotes to get her brother offed. Our current barn cat is also an orange and he just awesome. He randomly showed up at our place, disappeared, and then came back about a year later, and now he's been our barn cat for 2-3 years now! Very loving, knows his place is in the barn, except when theres this feral tom around that beats him up, then he gets to come in the utility room at night.

                                    When I was little we always had plenty of kitties for me to tame, lol. There was a feral female and tom that couldn't be caught or touched and so we always had a healthy supply of barn cats (Cats usually don't last long around here, there are a ton of coyotes).


                                    • #19
                                      The easier way of doing this and don't laugh, Laser Pointer and a pet carrier. Go sit quietly with a laser pointer, and have the door of the pet carrier set so you can close it with a string. Kittens are unable to not follow the laser I caught wild kittens that way and then once you have one caught just quietly go about enticing the others but you'll have to have a place to put the kittens as you catch them, so you can still use the pet carrier as a trap...


                                      • #20

                                        Darkmoonlady that is too funny about the laser pointer! and too true... it's like their kryptonite!!
                                        Bird great job helping the feral cat population, you are doing a great thing! Try the craigslist in your area and advert them as barn kitties.. just make sure they have to get them spayed/neutered
                                        The momma cat is adorable and her nose being orange makes her look so dignified