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What is a Working Cat

You may have not heard this term before, working cat. In simple terms, a working cat is a cat that is more wild but has a job, such as mousing. Often these cats are called barn cats.

According to the Animal Humane they are “A Working Cat is a feral or fractious cat whose temperament is not ideal for typical house pet adoption. These cats are usually former street cats who are comfortable outdoors and typically prefer little to no human contact. They are healthy, spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.”

If you have a mouse problem, a barn, or a shed and some land, you may want to consider adopting a working cat to help keep your mice down. They are much safer than traps and often more effective.

When you adopt a working cat they are altered, meaning they are spayed or neutered, so you don’t have to worry about kittens. They have their vaccines and they are microchipped.

There is very little that working cats need from a home. They need a shelter like a barn or a shed. In the beginning when they are adjusting to their new home it is a good idea to set out food for them daily. This will also help them acclimate to you. Once they are settled, you can leave food out. Don’t worry about the food stopping them from hunting. Often working cats don’t eat their catch. They will still hunt.

When they first come home you will want to keep them confined in a small space, where they cannot run away, for 2 to 4 weeks. This will get them accustomed to the space and to you. After that they can roam around and your home will be their home base.

Adopting a working cat is a great way to give a cat that is not suitable for a family environment a safe home. Think of adopting a working cat for your barn.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.