Kat Green wrote:Dear Sherri, You are a dog person and not experienced with cats for sure. Most cats don't like riding in cars and she attacked your husband out of fear. If a cat must ride somewhere (to the vet to be spayed is a must IMO) they should always be in a safe crate. In a small space they are less likely to panic. Don't give up the search. It can take a long time to find a missing cat. She needs to be lucky once again to find a caring person like you who will help her come home again. As for her behavior in the house, if she is part Savannah (some wild genes) or just not experienced in a house environment, this will change. She needs time to adjust and toys of her own. Interactive toys (battery or human operated) are great.
As for barn cats: When feral cats have moved in, it is usually due to some food source available. If they are subsequently removed from the location, nature determines to restock the area with more of the species. This is natures way of keeping the balance. When balance is achieved, the overflow are driven away by the established cats and those will seek new digs and populate another place/farm or starve. Spay/neuter is important to keep peace with your neighbors and to benefit the cats. There will always be more cats dropped off so you will never run out of cats for your needs.
Adult cats will growl and hiss and even swat at a newcomer. The older cat is just establishing the pecking order and will eventually accept the new kid once he learns proper cat etiquette unless the inn is full as previously explained.
Thanks to all of you who appreciate cats! and a 10 thousand thanks to those who keep them indoor only cats and get them spayed or neutered. (1 female and her progeny can produce 10,000 cats in 6 years.)