Some cats are meant to be barn cats. True, most barns are outdoor homes designed for larger farm animals, but where there are large animals; there are huge sacks of hay, grain and sweet feed. This is the ideal setting for mice to move in and flourish. Getting a barn cat or cats can keep those undesirable rodents out of your feed, as well as add a warm, fluffy and beautiful touch to your barn.
You will need cat food, a cat litter box and litter, a litter box scoop, cat dishes, cat bowls, and a nice, soft, clean blanket.
Choose a cat or kitten that is sociable. This will make your barn cat an animal whose company you’ll enjoy. If you're merely interested in a mouser, you may single out the nastiest cat, or even a feral cat. At leasat5 this way, they will have a safe environment and a better chance at life. A feral cat will be an excellent hunter, but lacking trust, he/she won't give you much companionship. Visit your local animal shelter. Often they have cats for free--all you have to pay for is the license.
Arrange a dry, comfortable area of the barn for your cat. Place a kitty litter tray in the corner, with cat litter in it. Create a cat bed or folded blanket on which your feline can sleep soundly and safely. Make available a clean food and water dish. Your cat may like sleeping on the hay, so you might thin about putting the cat area near the hay bales.
Bring your cat straight to the barn when he/she comes home. Gently set him/her down next to her food and water, so he/she sees where his/her quarters are. Don’t bring in dogs or other animals for kitty to meet during this preliminary introduction to the barn. Spend some time playing with kitty as you do your everyday jobs, slowly dragging a hay bale string across the floor can be fun and entertaining for kitty.
Gradually introduce your cat to the other animals. Hold him/her up so the horses can get a whiff of him/her... Oversee whenever the dogs are around until they get familiar with one another. When you exit the barn to go back to your house, make certain the cat has access to the barnyard through a cat flap or open barn door. This will help kitty to learn to see the sights of the outdoor area during the day.
For the duration of evening feeding, make double sure to feed your cat too-perhaps first. After your farm duties are done, you'll want to shut up the barn, and with him/her inside. This will keep kitty safe from outdoor predators such as hawks, owls, raccoons or coyotes and also keep him/her taking charge of the barn for mice.
Clean your cat's litter box everyday. Purchase a collar and tag as well as getting him/her micro chipped in case kitty wanders off to far. Spay or neuter your new feline. You should also de-flea and de-worm your new cat.