Julie Mo

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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.)



Ditto and well said. I, however, only have two cats in the house and three in the barn. They have been there for ten years and counting, because they are well fed and watered. They still go hunting (cats will hunt for sport, they don't need to be hungry).

All my cats were either dumped on our road, shoved under my driveway gate. As Fate would have it, the barn cats are all males, so were cheap to get neutered. We do have stray cats show up, on occasion, but my barn cats run them off in short order. I manage to keep food and water where I know the strays can quickly eat, at least getting something in their tummies to sustain them until they hopefully find a home.

My dogs are also rescues off this road and the road below; we live fairly remote and people have no conscience that dump these animals. I often have to call Animal Control before I become the person I am trying to save all of them from. If I kept every dog or litter of pups that was dumped, I would have 50 dogs by now:(

I have a lifetime of horse experience, so I have also done my share of horse rescues. I recently laid my 29 yr old Arab to rest that I rescued 22 years ago. He turned out to be an excellent lesson horse for children. Non horse people would be astounded at the amount of horse abandonment these days. People have found strange horses tied to their farm gates, their horse trailers while parked at trail heads, actually put inside strange trailers at auctions. Try taking that on, especially if one doesn't have the knowledge, set up or finances.
5 years ago
This link discusses rotational grazing, integrating horses and other species.

It is written by horse experts and is a credible article.

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/26829/multi-species-grazing-horses-and-cows-and-goats-oh-my

As far as chickens of any sort in the barn or a shed with my horses? Not on my grandmothers tintype. I was raised on an Old McDonald's dairy farm and personally know all that chicken manure deposited in the human yard, where I ran barefoot is disgusting and vulgar.

One of my horses has had a nest of Barn swallows over him for the last several years. I am ok with wiping a few dollops of barn swallow p--p off his back but, if I had chickens, they would have their own house in their own fenced area. Besides, the coyotes would kill them in short order, if they were left loose.
5 years ago
Hi, since you already have your garden started, it depends how wore out you are from losing to the gophers, et.al:(

I lived in SoCal five years and would find new gopher holes in the yard every time I blinked. I Tried everything, including the electronic thingamajigs to get rid of the gophers. I even tried filling their tunnels with water. Which wasn't in the short supply it is now, out there.

Finally a neighbor the next block over suggested not chewed sticks of Juicy Fruit gum. The sweet smell attracts the gophers, they chew they swallow but they can't digest the gum and pretty soon they have gone on to gopher heaven. They should have left when I tried to drown them out.

I would think it would work on moles and voles but if you live in a rural area, good luck wiping out or greatly reducing their population. I also read somewhere on line there is a certain time of year to treat their tunnels and reduce the populations.

Good luck, if moles and voles have any other purpose but to chew the roots off good grasses and plants, somebody needs to inform me. It won't change my mind about them but I will have at least learned something:)
5 years ago