Take in a farm cat

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By JeraldDossantos

Are you looking for an independent cat that loves to live outdoors?

Some cats we take in are best suited for an outdoor lifestyle. These cats can also be called farm, barn stable, yard, or outdoor cats. However, you don’t have to own a riding stable or farm to adopt one. We are looking for homes that match our many farm cat.

There are a few types of homes that they might be interested in:

  • Stables
  • Farms
  • Garden centres
  • Nursing homes
  • Large gardens with shelter

These cats require homes that allow them to be free to roam and can keep their distance from humans if necessary. They also need shelter, food, water and the right veterinary care. These cats might see you as more of a “guardian” than their owner.

There are many reasons cats may need this lifestyle. It could be that they have been stray cats for a while and aren’t used to being near people. Or it could be due to their genetics or early experiences. We try to find them the right home, no matter what the reason.

Jada, the treehouse cat

After a woman was abandoned on the streets, she gave birth to a kitten in our garden. After her kittens had been rehomed, RSPCA Manchester and Salford branches knew that Jada needed a new home.

We don’t know much about her past or whether she ever lived in a house before. The branch also noticed that she was nervous around people so it found her the perfect home – in a treehouse.

Jada is doing well in her environment. Although she still prefers her own company, she now has the freedom of being close to her owner when she feels like it.

You can adopt a farm cat from us

These cats are special and require a home that is not like a family house. These cats are given a second chance to live in a home that allows them to be their best. It can be very rewarding to see them exploring, roaming around and enjoying the sunshine.

All of our cats will be

  • In good health
  • Neutered
  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated, if necessary
  • Treat for fleas, worms

The perfect home for a farm cat

You don’t have to own a farm or stable to rehome one these cats. We are looking for homes that can accommodate the many cats we have. Some cats may need access to a shed in their garden, while others may require a barn, stable or farm.

Each case will be evaluated individually to determine if a home is suitable. As a minimum, homes that meet these criteria should be considered suitable.


Shelter should be available for the cat to access at all times. It should be weatherproofed, well-maintained all year. Barns, outbuildings and tree houses are all examples of shelters that would be suitable. These shelters should have additional heat sources for cold weather, such as a fireplace or heater. extra bedding, insulation.

Zones that are safe from hazards

Avoid obvious dangers such as poisons for rodents, toxic chemicals, poisons for hunting dogs, loose hunting dogs, busy roads, loud machinery, etc.

Daily water and food

The adopter will visit the cat at least once a day and provide food and water. Adopters will need to ensure shelter is in good condition, and keep an eye on their cat’s health.

Access to the vegetation

Give your cat access to some vegetation, such as fields, woodlands, and gardens.

Get along with your pets

We must also consider the possibility of finding a suitable alternative home. The presence of farm animals shouldn’t be a problem. We will discuss with you your specific needs if you are interested in adopting a farmcat.

Merlin, the yard cat

Through their Trap Neuter Release program, Merlin was removed from the streets by our Buxton branch in Macclesfield and South East Cheshire. He was brought back to health and adopted as a backyard cat. He is very happy!

What makes farm cats different from regular pet cats?

Our independent ‘outdoorsy” cats require less care than traditional pets. It is possible to consider yourself more of a ‘guardian” than an owner.

All adopters of these cats are responsible for their welfare and health.

Make sure your cat has access to clean water all the time.

At least once per day, feed your cat. Cats prefer small, frequent meals so it is best to feed them more often.

  • Make sure your cat has access to a shelter that is safe, secure, well-maintained, and waterproof.
  • When it is colder, provide extra warmth by using bedding or blocking draughts.
  • If your cat is ill or hurt, seek veterinary assistance.
  • Regular treatment is recommended to keep fleas and other parasites away as much as possible.

If the owner is a good pet-sitter, farm cats can make great pets.

Each cat’s personality and behavior will be different. These cats are likely to avoid people and will prefer to be alone. In some cases, however, these cats may be more friendly if they are allowed to keep their distance from people.

Anyone considering adopting a cat such as this should be open-minded to the possibility of a cat who is a bit more friendly than they expected.

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