I have a newly acquired volunteer cat in my yard. She's just barely not a kitten anymore (still a small juvenile) and though skittish with me, seems to have come to a détente with the chooks. Everyone ignores one another and she suns herself in the dog-free terrace area while the chooks roam around. At least now I know where the pigeon bodies keep coming from! I thought the chickens had taken up hunting for extra protein, LOL! Ordered her a winter shelter today online. Next up is trapping her and having her spayed (and yes, since she's a calico, I'm certain it's a "she"). A yard/barn cat is totally ok with me though. Haven't seen a rat in weeks!
Don't you love it when you get a nice barn cat!