Sunday the 8th, i walked out of my back door to see that a family of cats had moved into, or actually onto my patio. They all jumped up and bolted for cover, i guess they thought no one lived here? Lol! There is a daddy cat, mommy cat, and 3 kittens about 4 weeks old. They have yet to bother the chickens.
Chickens are not common around here so maybe they are afraid of them and/or the cockerel. The chickens are large, they are the same size as the dad cat, so that could also be it.
I found a medium sized rat with its head missing, so maybe they have only left the chickens alone because there are a few rats around. I'm not sure.
I do not want to be responsible for their deaths by "turning them in".
Cats are a bit overpopulated, no shelter wants to take them for adoption purposes, they will be killed. They told me over the phone, that they do not take cats.
I am still checking with veterinary/animal clinics, im hoping to find one that will take the family or at least take them after I've tamed them. I could try and find homes for them myself if I cant find a clinic to take them. It would take least 2 months for the kittens to be old enough to leave their mom, since the kittens are so young, surely they can be tamed by then.
I would like to keep letting my chickens roam around but, there is only a 4ft tall 2"x4" welded fence that separates my patio area from the chicken area (what used to be my back yard, lol). The cats have only been here like 2 days, it could be only a matter of time before the dad cat tries to eat my chickens. It's better to be safe than sorry. I'm willing to confine my chickens to their run for a couple of months, though they probably aren't willing. Their favorite dust hole is outside of the run.
If i can't find them a home, I'm thinking I will just let them stay. I will keep trying to find homes while they are here though. If i notice them stalking the chickens, I could cage them and then drop them off at a vets office a couple of hours before they open as a last resort.
Have you ever had cats move in while you were trying to free range your chickens, what did you do, and how did it work out?
Edited by Zinniah - 11/10/15 at 9:29pm