You are looking for an independent cat who enjoys the outdoors?
Many cats who come into our care are best suited to an independent outdoor lifestyle. These cats are also called yard, outdoor, barn, stable, yard, and stable Rehome a farmcat. But you don’t need to own a farm or riding stables in order to adopt one. We are seeking homes to match our variety of cats.
These are some of the types of homes they may like to live in:
- Garden centres
- Nursing homes
- Large gardens with shelter
These cats need homes where their freedom is respected, they can be independent, they have access to water, shelter and the necessary medical care. This cat’s owner might view you more as a ‘guardian’ rather than the owner.
There are many reasons that cats require this type of lifestyle. Some cats may have been abandoned for years and they aren’t comfortable living near people. Others may be stray animals who were raised in a strange environment. No matter the reason, we will find the right home for them.
Jada the treehouse cat
After she had given birth, we took her in to our care. The RSPCA Manchester branch and Salford branch realized that Jada would need a special home once her kittens had been adopted.
It was not known much about her family history, or whether she has ever lived in a home. Her nervousness was also evident, so the branch found the right home for her in a treehouse.
Jada seems to be doing very well in her new environment. While she prefers her own company, Jada is happy to be able to snuggle up beside her owner whenever she feels like.
We can help you adopt a farmcat
These cats require a unique home. A second chance at a home for these cats is available. You can find it very rewarding to watch them explore, play in the sun, and roam free.
All our cats are:
- In good health
- Vaccinated, when appropriate
- Treatment for fleas or worms
A home that is suitable for a farmcat
A cat can be rehomed anywhere, regardless of its breed. We’re open to all types of homes, in order to accommodate our many cats. While you may own a barn, stable, or outbuilding for your cats, some cats might need a cozy shed in your backyard.
Every home is unique and will be judged on an individual basis. The following criteria are essential for homes that fit the above criteria.
You should provide shelter that the cat can access all year. It must be weatherproofed all year. You can use barns, outbuildings or tree houses as shelter. In cold weather, these shelters need to have extra warmth sources such as heat from the sun. extra bedding, insulation.
Areas free from hazards
You must be free from obvious hazards like poisons meant for rodents and toxic chemicals, hunting dogs that run wild, traffic jams in the immediate area, loud, noisy machinery in the immediate surroundings, etc.
Daily food and water
Adopter should visit you at least twice a week and give you water and food. The adopter is responsible for ensuring that the shelter is maintained in a good condition. They will also be responsible for monitoring the health and welfare of the cat, as well as seeking out veterinary assistance if necessary.
Access to vegetation
Allow the cat to have access to some vegetation like fields, forests, or gardens.
How to get along with other pets in your home
Consider the potential suitability of an alternative home. Farm animals are generally not a problem. If you are interested in adopting farm cats, we will talk with you about your particular situation.
Merlin the yard cat
Our Macclesfield branch, South East Cheshire branch and Buxton branch took Merlin off the streets through their Trap Neuter Releasing program. He was eventually brought back to full health, and he was adopted as a yardcat. He has settled in well.
How farm cats differ from pet cats
It will take less time to care for an independent ‘outdoorsy cat’ than it would for a traditional pet cat. You may consider yourself more of an owner than a ‘guardian’.
Adopters of these cats must be aware that they are responsible for their well-being and will need to be prepared to:
You must ensure that your cat has regular access to clean water.
Feed your cat at least once daily. Cats love small, frequent meals so feeding them more frequently is better.
- You must ensure that your cat is always able to access a safe, clean, well-maintained, waterproof shelter.
- In colder months, add warmth with bedding/blocking drafts.
- If the cat is unwell or has been injured, get veterinary attention.
- As much as possible, give regular treatment to prevent the spread of fleas or worms.
Farm cats are great pets if they are well-behaved
Every cat is unique in its behavior and personality. They will generally avoid being near people and won’t seek affection or attention. These cats can become friendly towards people who feed them regularly if they have the ability to be in control of their surroundings.
If you are considering adopting such a cat, it is important to be open to the possibility that your cat may be a little friendlier than you expected.