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Homeless cats.  Feral cats.  Outdoor cats. Strays. Neighborhood cats. Barn cats.  Working cats.  Mousers. Whatever you wish to call them, community cats are the focus of the Barn Cat Lady website. Especially the barn cats.

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Barn Cat Network

The Barn Cat Network is a network of people just like you who can take in feral and semi-feral cats that are forced to relocate from their outdoor homes. Every single week I get messages or emails from rescues or shelters or just a concerned citizen who needs to find a barn home (or similar) for a feral or unadoptable …

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Does TNR Work in 2019? [Trap Neuter Return Facts]

The nitty-gritty details of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) are right here, guys and gals! Before I get into “Does TNR Work?”, I want to first explain something very, very important. Many people don’t seem to understand what TNR actually is unless they participate in it. I’ve even had an argument online with a conservationist who clearly hates cats and the fact that he …

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What is a Cat Caretaker? (Should You Become a One?)

Happy Friday, y’all! I have mentioned the phrase cat caretaker throughout my previous posts and I figured I should expand on that for cat colony newbies. What is a cat caretaker? What is involved? Are you a cat caretaker? Should you become one? In this post: What is a cat caretaker? Difference between owner and caretaker Caretaker Responsibility Abandoned Community …

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Find a Lost Cat Outside? [Help Her Get Home!]

Did you find a lost cat outside? Perhaps a new addition to your established community cat colony showed up recently.  Have you found a hungry cat in your garage or under your shed? I implore anyone that has a cat show up on their doorstep or their established colony to not assume she’s simply another community cat who lives outside. …

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What’s a Feral Cat? [Facts and Misconceptions]

Let’s get basic: What’s a feral cat? Are cats really domesticated? Are feral cats dangerous? How are feral cats different from indoor cats? Do feral cats cause disease or carry rabies? Can feral cats be tamed? Let’s look at some common misconceptions that people have about feral cats. If you’re confused by something, please don’t hesitate to write a comment …

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What is the Best Food for Outdoor Cats in 2019?

Today we’re going to be talking about what is the best food for outdoor cats. It was brought up in one of my comments from a reader, and it’s definitely important if you’ve never had a cat before. You might not understand how best to go about it. If you’ve had cats your entire life, you probably have this covered. …

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