Are you ready to meet the cats? After all, I can’t be the Barn Cat Lady without my loyal companions, can I?
I have two personal cats that I adopted as older kittens and (failed) to make an indoor pet out of them. They are fully vaccinated and fixed, have microchips and collars (break-away) as if they were beloved family pets. They just don’t like being confined much. It’s a hard balance between health and happiness when you’re dealing with community and barn cat adoption, unfortunately. But more on that later.
I have 3 other barn cats in my barn I feed. I also have a few fosters I’m hoping to find homes for, eventually. Either rescued bottle-fed kittens or dumped pets that aren’t barn cat material, or they’re just too friendly. I also have a few furry friends in other barns on the property that I’ll introduce as well because as us cat lovers know, cats are hilarious and so freaking photogenic.
This page will also link to any success stories and memorials I have. Unfortunately, outdoor life is often dangerous for our feline friends and they can and do disappear from your colony with no explanation. It’s a sad fact of life if you care for a colony of cats, barn or otherwise. It also breaks my heart every time.
The Barn Kitties
Precious, Former Feral
Other Feline Friends
The Evangeline Training Center Missing
I’m not including any kittens that I immediately passed off to my local nonprofit feral cat group. I’m only including any cat I’ve personally taken care of or made friends with. Kittens I only held onto for a couple of hours or a couple of days did not make this list as I don’t know the end outcome on some of these.
I’m not personally built to rescue long-term. It takes a huge emotional toll on people. I give huge kudos to those who can do this for years. I don’t often foster except in emergencies or those resulting directly from my place of work. Any kitten friendly enough to be adopted almost immediately because of someone dumping them on the property I try to get to my local feral cat group and adoption as soon as I can.