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 (4-5 months old) and tried ( 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 also have a two (actually three) foster fails that I was forced to end up keeping. These include one former feral cat I tamed who dislikes all other people and his brother (who is currently missing but we’re still looking!). This also includes a special needs cat that I bottle fed as a baby.
I have 4 other barn cats in my barn I feed. I also have a half dozen fosters I am adopting out. The fosters are all either rescued bottle-fed kittens or dumped pets that aren’t barn cat material, or they’re just too friendly and would make a good indoor cat. I also have a few furry friends in other barns on the property that I’ll introduce as well because, as we all 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. I’ve also lost some neonatal kittens along the way and this is my way of remembering them.
The Barn Kitties
Lover Girl Daughter
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 working with the cats. 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 adopted as soon as I can.