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This chubby-cheeked boy is a very shy boy. He was an owner surrender and has not adjusted to the shelter life. His previous owners said he was a friendly guy but we feel as if he might enjoy being an outside cat! If you have a barn or some property, this guy might be the one for you!
Please email [email protected] for more info, or fill out a barn cat application here https://idahohumanesociety.org/barn-cats/ to set up a time to meet Gotti. Please specify what cat you would like to meet!
Although some barn cats can be friendly, the cats that we adopt out as barn cats are unadoptable as pets. They are varying levels of “feral” or unsocial, and most likely will not approach humans or solicit attention, or they may take a long time to trust you enough for touching. Most of the time, the cats will avoid you and come out at night to eat and will keep your property free from rodents and other pests.
They will require access to suitable shelter like a barn, a shop, a shed, or a garage, and will need to be provided daily food and water. Cats cannot live on hunting alone and feeding them will not reduce their inclination to hunt rodents.
To ensure the new cats don’t immediately run away, they need to be confined for 2-4 weeks. They can be confined to an escape-proof room like a tack room or garage, or they can be kept in a large dog crate, chicken coop, etc. that is outfitted with food and water bowls, a bed or box for sleeping, and a litter pan. This time is necessary to teach the cats where their new home is, where their food is, who brings the food, and to get a general lay of the land.