Barn Cat Program
Superior Pest Control
Cats, as you probably know, are amazing hunters and can keep your barn, shop or outbuildings mouse-free without the use of traps or poisons. This is safer for children or animals who might accidentally get into poison that has been left out for rodents. It also gives shy cats a safe and comfortable place to live out their lives.
Caring for a Barn Cat
1. Barn cats require care - They need to be fed, they need a readily available source of clean, fresh water and they need proper shelter such as a barn or shed to keep them safe from weather as well as predators such as coyotes, racoons and owls.
2. Barn cats are not disposable - While barn cats do not require the same level of care and close attention that a house pet requires, they do need someone to look out for them and help them if they become injured or sick.
3. Barn cats do need to be fed - Some people think that if a barn cat is fed, it won't hunt, but this is simply not true. Cats love to kill rodents, and will do it instinctively. They also need to be provided with a nutritious cat food to keep them healthy and strong.
How Do I Adopt a Barn Cat?
1. Give us a call at: (509) 684-1475 and let us know you are interested.
We will set up an appointment to meet with you.
2. We will need to visit the property where the cats will be kept, to make sure it is a good, safe location for the cats.
3. The cats will need to be confined typically for 4-6 weeks so that they become used to the new location, recognize they can find food and water there, and will stay there once they are released. This can be done in a stall, chicken coop, dog kennel, etc., or we can loan a containment pen (see below) for the purpose.
4. Once we have approved of the location, the adopter will sign a contract agreeing to provide proper care, including: sufficient food, water, shelter and humane treatment of the cats, as well as agreeing to keep the cats confined for the full containment period, until they are fully adjusted to their new environment.
Containment cage used for 4- to 6-week barn cat relocation period.
5. The new owner will need to feed the cats and clean litter boxes while they are contained.
We will keep up-to-date on the cats and when we feel they are ready, we will talk the owner through the releasing process.
If all is done properly, the kitties should feel comfortable in the new location and will begin settling in.
There is no adoption fee for barn cats, but we do appreciate a donation. We spend many hours trapping the cats, paying for their neuter/spay surgery, vaccines and tests for contagious feline diseases. Quite a bit of time, effort and money goes into the running of our feral cat and barn cat programs, but it is very worthwhile for the cats and the community.