What is bound to happen if you move to a farm? Come on, take a guess.
Yep, you'll get a cat (and a dog) dropped off.
Now, I'm not sure what people are thinking when they drop a cat off..."They have lots of barns...they won't mind....look at all the other animals, they love animals!.......It's better than the pound..at least it won't be put to sleep..." I don't know, whatever they are thinking, the cowards dump the burden on you.....you could chase it off, only to see it hit on the side of the road the next day...or hear coyotes chasing and killing something that night, and you're only hope is that it's a wild rabbit not that poor dumped cat...
Since moving to our farm, we've had our shares of drop offs, to date: 15 dogs (4 of which we kept) and 3 cats we adopted as inside cats, 4 cats were dropped off-and ran off, and then 2 were dropped off and stuck around as barn cats.
The two who were dropped off and stuck around were both unfixed females, and we didn't and still don't have the money to get them fixed...
*Mama Cat: She had two kitten, a boy, Hitler and a girl, Brown Noser. She then had another litter, two kittens, two boys, Tiger and India.
*Brown Noser: Had four kittens (thanks to Hitler), Alien, Blue, Oreo and Phantom.
*Hitler: He comes and goes....
*Marmalade: She had 4 kittens: Brier Rose, Ferguson, Rolly, and Bugsy...and just the other day she had another batch of 4 kitten (thanks to Hitler)......
So because people decided to dump their responsibilities onto another person, we now have 18 barn cats, and we can't afford to get any of them fixed...
We give all the barn cats scraps-left over meat loaf, chicken, etc. They also are allowed to eat out of the chicken scraps bag...We occasionally give them cat food-in the winter time and in early spring we give them cat food more regularly...we don't want them to get hit by a car (we live at the corner of tow very busy roads) so we don't want them to wonder.....
I have to say, I do enjoy outdoor cats...but when you glance around our yard we look like a crazy cat lady now, CATS EVERYWHERE!!!!!
So, next time you think about getting an animal, make sure you really think about it, cats live 12+ years, dogs like 12-25 years. I understand life happens that you never would of guessed would happen, and sometimes you have to get rid of your pet, but do the innocent pet a favor; next time you get rid of an animal, re-home it or take it to the pound....it'd be better to have the dog or cat put to sleep then to have it starve or freeze to death, or be wounded by a car and die several days later in pain.
As a note too- I know an old farmer who shoots cats (he'll ask his neighbors if it's theirs and if not, he shoots them.) And our dogs do not like new animals. Smudge HATES other dogs and cats and if given a slit second he will try to kill it....just because we have lots of animals doesn't mean we can handle one more.
Also, a random note-we had a peacock dropped off once, yes, a peacock....we couldn't keep it so, we just let it wonder off...on a happy note; we hear it's call coming from a neighbors home way up the road, so the peacock found a home.
Your Country Rose,
"The Lord directs the steps of a
christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they
will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24