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    Caring for Barn Cats

    Do you have barn cats? If so, that’s great! There are actually some wonderful benefits to keeping kitties in your barn. After all, Fluffy is a skilled hunter, and can keep your property free of rodents and other vermin. This can save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars, as you may otherwise end up spending quite a bit replacing contaminated feed. Rodents also carry dangerous parasites, diseases, bacteria, and viruses, many of which can be passed on to larger animals. Your barn cat may very well be worth her weight in gold! However, barn cats do need proper care to stay healthy. Here, a Volga, SD vet discusses caring for barn cats.

    Adopting Barn Cats

    Becoming a barn cat can be a great career for our feline friends. Feral cats, for instance, often make excellent barn cats. This is also a good option for stray cats and kitties that, for whatever reason, just aren’t well-suited to being indoor pets. Or course, some barn cats are part timers, who go back and forth between their owners’ homes and barns.

    Veterinary Care

    Just like any other animal, Fluffy will need regular veterinary care. We highly recommend getting your kitties spayed or neutered. Exams, vaccinations, and parasite control are also important. Barn cats are at very high risk of being exposed to parasites and viruses, and can also get injured. We recommend bringing your furballs to the vet about twice a year. In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs of illness or injury. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

    Food

    Fluffy may be more than happy to earn her keep by hunting mice, but she shouldn’t be expected to fend for herself all the time. Offer your barn cats a good, high-quality cat food. Your kitties will be much better hunters if they are well-fed and healthy! Fresh water is also a must.

    Shelter

    Although many barn cats like to snooze on top of grain bags, saddle blankets, or fences, it’s important for them to have comfy hiding spots they can retreat to. An easy way to give your kitties a suitable shelter is to just cut a hole in the side of a tote, and add newspapers and soft blankets.

    Please contact us, your Volga, SD animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for barn cats. We’re here to help!

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