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Godwina posted:
It seems to be the custom in the SW corner of Grant Co., WI to keep cats out doors in the barns to catch mice and rats. My concern is that many farmers do Not vaccinate, de-worm, spay or neuter, medicate for fleas & ticks, or even put out cat food for these outdoor cats! The result is a bunch of sickly cats that keep reproducing! I think this is horrible!

How can I convince them that they put other farm animals, pet dogs, their children and themselves at high risk for catching an assortment of ailments from the barn cats. Not to mention the reduction of the song bird pop. & that of other beneficial small creatures by starving cats!!! And that not feeding their cats is cruelty!

Who is responsible for the health & safety for barn cats????
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Ultimately, owners are responsible for their cats. While there are some communities with rules against cruelty to animals, enforcement is spotty and subjective. Probably the best option is the requirement in most areas for giving Rabies vaccines to cats. While this doesn't mandate anything else, it does get the cat in to see a veterinarian and other services (such as neutering) are often performed at the same time.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
jselleck replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
My family keeps "barn" cats as in they have a "tribe" of outdoor kitties. I think at least 15 or so, but not sure. They are well cared for and spoiled rotten. They get milk in the morning, and hard food twice a day. Very rarely will they take down a bird, although we do have two who love to try, and try again, and again, and again. They are all neutered, and vaccinated. So there are responsible cat owners out there. We just wish they were better mousers. lol


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