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Monroe County
Friends of Animals
Barn Cat Program:

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Some of the cats that come in our door at the shelter are not suitable for adoption as house pets. This may include cats whose litter box habits make them unsuitable as house pets, feral cats; who are shy/fearful of people, who cannot tolerate being in a cage or being confined to a room w/ multiple cats or are just too independent. To prevent euthanizing these cats, we have developed a barn cat program.

Cats eligible for the barn cat program:
  • Use criteria above to determine if they are eligible for the barn cat program.

  • Must not be declawed.

  • Must be spayed or neutered.

  • Must test negative for feline leukemia.

  • Must be given their distemper combo, rabies vaccination, flea preventative and dewormed.

  • Must not be kittens.

Your "new" Farm Cat is fully-vetted! Spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, distemper, and other diseases, treated for parasites (internal & external), and tested Negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV; everything an indoor cat gets.

The farm family will complete an application. As cats become available meeting the above criteria, shelter personnel/volunteers will contact the interested farm family.

Shelter personnel/volunteers will:

  • Review the application. If acceptable, they will contact the farm family to:

    • Explain that it is preferable for the cat(s) to be kept in a secure place, such as an extra-large dog crate within a tack room, with food, water and a litter box to acclimate the cat(s) to the barn for two weeks (but 4 weeks is preferable). If a crate is not available, the cat needs to be in a contained area such as a tack room.

    • Establish a routine for feeding. Shake the food bag or call kitty, kitty. Continue routine once released so they will know it's time to eat. Cats cannot live on what they catch; they need food & water daily. Cats are by nature clean animals & like a clean litter box. Clean daily or twice a day while caged.

    • Feral cats will generally stay in the back of the cage avoiding contact. They are afraid of you. They are not aggressive but will try to protect themselves if they feel threatened. Do not try to touch.

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    • When you feed, water or scoop, center yourself in front of the open door. Your presence should prevent attempts to exit the cage.

    • Do not reach in and try to pet or pick up a cat. If a cat tries to exit cage prematurely you can shift your position but do not do not reach out with your hands to stop the cat.

    • If they do get out prematurely, continue to feed outside the cage. You may not see them for a while but they will likely stay around if they are fed. We have had cats return after a several week's absence.

    • Just prior to release day, recommend spreading cat feces from litterbox when cat is to be set free to make his/her environment to already smell like his/her territory.

    • Explain that shelter must be provided 24 hours a day.

    • Explain that fresh food and water must be provided daily, year round. We recommend that you feed the cat canned food for extra water consumption.

    • Recommend annual vaccinations.

    • Ask if other cats on the property are spayed or neutered and if they are generally healthy.

    • Ask for a donation to cover the medical expenses of the cat(s).

    The Farm Family will:

  • Sign our adoption agreement which includes statements that they will provide shelter, food, water and long-term veterinary care.

Barn Cats Application
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Monroe County Friends of Animals | P.O. Box 106 | Vonore, TN 37885
(423) 442-1015

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