What are Barn Cats?
Barn cats are generally feral, semi-feral or semi-friendly cats that live with us, but not in our homes. Some can be quite friendly, but they prefer to have their freedom.
- Cats too independent to appreciate being cooped up in a home
- Cats fearful of people and/or prefer the company of other cats
- Feral cats
Benefits to Barn Cats
They reduce the rodent population.
Not Just Barns
We usually refer to these cats as Barn Cats, but they may also reside outside sheltered in our thick forests or in a barn, garage or other out-building.
Care of Barn Cats
- Daily food and water
- Medical care
- Affection, if they desire it
MCHS Policy on Barn Cats
- Limit feral populations when possible through TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release)
- We maintain a small Barn Cat population at the Shelter for those cats that prefer their freedom to being maintained in our Kitty Cottage. They have all proven to be unadoptable, except as Barn Cats. We do not euthanize these cats. We find a circumstance for them that makes them happy.
- Most enjoy treats in the morning with staff and some enjoy being petted after the Shelter closes at night and the public leaves. Miss Hiss a favorite at the Shelter enjoys being petted daily. Occasionally she will enter the Shelter when it is quiet, but she is careful that she is never trapped in the Shelter. She was left to us when Animal Control closed.
Interested in a Barn Cat?