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Where can I get a barn cat?

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  • Where can I get a barn cat?

    I thought this would be an easier process!

    I have a serious mouse problem in my tack room but for some reason I hate the idea of putting out traps (basically I don't want to see them dead.. even though I don't want to see them alive either!).

    I've put the word out that I'd like a barn cat, to horse friends, a vet tech friend, work friends... and nothing!

    I have my own cat but he's been a house cat since he was a kitten so I'm not going to let him loose. The barn has a nice tack room and it's not near a busy road. I'd make sure it was cared for and vaccinated.

    There was a person who posted on COTH that worked with a feral cat organization, but her inbox is full.

    Any help?

    I'm in SE PA/ MD/ DE area.

  • #2
    I posted and look on craigslist when my trainer was looking for 2 barn cats. I got a lot of 'I think my 10 year old, declawed, indoor cat would be perfect!', but ended finding two PERFECT, sweet, experienced barn kitties


    • Original Poster

      Good idea.. although CraigsList sort of scares me!!


      • #4
        I have several that are fixed utd, some more friendly than others,youthful mousers..........and I am near valley forge, king of Prussia......................what colors do you want?.....lol


        • #5
          My vet always has "home wanted" ads on their bulletin board, or you could check out local pet stores (not a store that sells animals, but maybe a Superpets - a lot of time foster agencies have cats there). Or maybe the classifieds section of the newspaper.


          • #6
            craigslist rocks!! Put an ad up, screen carefully, and taken a friend along whenever you meet up with the person in a public place. You could also put a call in to a local feral TNR place.


            • #7
              Erin always has them. Just search for her screen name on the forums.


              • #8


                • #9
                  this is the products and services (hee hee!) section of the equiery--i see two placement services for barn cats:

                  Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                  • #10
                    Contact your local shelter too. My shelter adopts out barn cats for free. They come fully vaccinated and neutered/spayed. They are the "unadoptables." I got 2 a couple of years ago. Young females that wanted absolutely nothing to do with people. They are not mean, just terrified and would not tame in a shelter environment. They are perfectly comfortable in their barn/outside but after 2 years still don't come within 4 feet of me even when I'm filling the food dish. But they do their job and are no longer living in a tiny cage.


                    • #11
                      Local spca, craigslist, the woods...I'm surprised you don't have strays coming around. I have 6 barn cats. 4 I meant to have, 2 just showed up. I bet I could catch the newest stray if you don't mind spaying/neutering, it's a gorgeous sleek long black cat with bright yellow eyes. I named it Sam lol.
                      come what may

                      Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


                      • #12
                        The Horse of Delaware always has ads for barn cats. I would check there. Local tack shops and feed stores always have posters up also.

                        Good luck


                        • #13
                          Contact BARCS in Baltimore if you can't get in touch with Erin. They have a barn cat program.
                          If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                          Desmond Tutu


                          • #14
                            ACCT in Philly also has a Barn Cat program.
                            "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                            "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


                            • Original Poster

                              Her inbox was full when I tried.

                              Originally posted by imissvixen View Post
                              Erin always has them. Just search for her screen name on the forums.


                              • #16
                                I'll let Erin know that you're looking for her and a barn cat.
                                If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                                Desmond Tutu


                                • #17
                                  Here is a non-profit organization located in Prince William Co., VA that has several barn cats available (link is to a Facebook pic of 3 of them):
                                  Equus Keepus Brokus


                                  • #18
                                    You could also put word in at your vet as lots of people bring in strays for a check up and rehoming. Good luck!
                                    I LOVE my Chickens!


                                    • #19
                                      I don't know where you are, but our local humane society GIVES barn cats, that are spayed/neutered/UTD/microchipped to good barn homes. Another lady and I trap many ferals around our little "Mayberry" and she works with the younger ones and gets them pretty tame. They do very well as barn cats -- please help your local humane society or other rescue groups! I am in Shelby County (South of B'ham), AL, contact me if I can help!

                                      My inbox is NOT full!


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Thanks TKR but I'm in the SE PA/ MD/ DE area!

                                        Originally posted by TKR View Post
                                        I don't know where you are, but our local humane society GIVES barn cats, that are spayed/neutered/UTD/microchipped to good barn homes. Another lady and I trap many ferals around our little "Mayberry" and she works with the younger ones and gets them pretty tame. They do very well as barn cats -- please help your local humane society or other rescue groups! I am in Shelby County (South of B'ham), AL, contact me if I can help!

                                        My inbox is NOT full!