barn cat help needed

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ninny, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    My barn cats are driving me up the wall. They will not go hunt at all. They climb my windows and howl. Hide by the door and try to get in my house. If they get in they jump on my counters and try to eat everything in my kitchen. They follow me everywhere howling and triping me. I cant even go for a walk because they will get hit by cars following me. I use to feed them once a day in the winter then every coulpe days this spring. I am trying to get them to go hunt. Even when i fed them everyday they still acted like idoits. How can i get them to leave me alone? They are useless. I would love to find them homes. But people come over to see them and they turn into the cats from you know where. They have trashed my window screens. I really can't stand them anymore. Help!!
     
  2. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just... how many cats are we talking here?
     
  3. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    maryland
    feeder mice maybe ?
     
  4. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Eight outdoor cats and three indoor but its the outdoor ones that drive me nuts.
     
  5. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know if you actually have enough rats/mice/snakes/lizards/squirrels/birds running around to feed them all? how big is your property for um all? And how feral are they about on a scale of one to ten. I'd say netting and rehoming them one by one - but if they act feral at all towards humans - they'd be better off euthanized. There's enough well behaved cats who know how to be pets in the shelters and from my experience feral ones never fully accept or trust human companionship once aged past a certain point.

    I'm prolly going to get so much cat lover hate - but I am a huge cat lover myself and am trying to think of whats most.. humane and feasible for you and your cats.

    Its just a shame because they don't sound feral... they sound like they just want to be closer to you.
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Most cats cannot completely fend for themselves. They need some food or they will end up looking half starved and unhealthy. Then you'll have a nice mess. I've seen farms that let cats multiply and didn't feed them. It's disgusting. Quite a few cats can't get any food on their own. Plus like was already mentioned you probably don't have enough food on your property for them. My single outdoor hunter can wipe out the mouse population and start in on rats and song birds within a couple months of spring starting on an 80acre farm with multiple out buildings and 2 chicken coops attracting rodents. We also put out bird feeders that attracts more birds. I saw her staring down mole hills a few days ago because she was out of things to catch. We used to have tons of chipmunks when I moved here 2 years ago and now there are none.

    If you don't want to feed them I suggest you start packing them up to the humane society.
     
  7. TMNTCkins

    TMNTCkins Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have an outside only cat (was feral) she get's all the mice, gophers, birds and anything else she can hunt but I feed her every day. She is a great hunter (sometimes a little to good). Mabey the are hungry and need more food than what they can find? Just a thought. Good luck!
     
  8. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    maryland
    you could feed them your culls ! if u do cull lol im sorry if that sounded stupid but im just trying to think of ideas
     
  9. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    maryland
    im sure rather then being euthanized ( everyone has there oppinions rin im not hateing ) there could be somone who would like a pet outdoor cat
     
  10. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto. I just wasn't sure if maybe they had a huuuuuuge pest problem I don't know about. My mom used to have one barn cat. Fed him ofc and he was allowed in the house some. He demolished anything and liked to leave the headless corpses as proof on the back porch [​IMG]
     

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