Pretty kitty! Wish I could have a cat, my dogs will kill cats.
We had a NEST of rats several years ago. The trashy people who lived right across the st from us, who didn't pay their mortgage, and left all their garbage in their garage attracted rats, who decided to live underneath my coop. My coop is located in a 12 x 30 ft run, inaccessible to my (then) 6 cats, one of which (now dead) was feral and popping out kittens. They ERADICATED the whole nest. My first indication was a headless rat in the barn, that the female had decapitated and was feeding the rest to her brood. Cats are the very best mousers/ratters you can have. They have a natural drive to pursue mice. THAT is why God gave them the "M" stamp above and in between their eyes, for "Mouser."Hmm... all the earlier talk about rodents resonates with me. We've never had problems with mice, but DEFINITELY issues with rats. Under the house, up in the attic, around the coop. It's been such an issue controlling them.
So... we got a rescue feral kitty and let her out of her cage on Saturday. She's already killed two rats!!
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We started out VERY worried about her being too standoffish, but it's only been 4 days since we let her out of her cage and she's been coming right in the house more and further each night (with the help of some treats).is the rescue feral kitty friendly enough you can be sociable? or very standoffish? it looks like a nice kitty to me.
There are some rescues that will test out if their dog's are good with cats and children. A really good one would.You know, people wonder WHY I don't adopt adult dogs. I never know if they will kill my cats. Rose (2007-2016, RIP) was 1/2 Husky, notorious cat killers, but we raised her to respect them and she never attacked My cats. in fact, they slept with her on occasion.
Eva, GS, could be a cat killer. Once, I Tried to adopt a gorgeous 6 month old male GS, black and cream, from a shelter, he grabbed one of my cats by the neck in front of me and even attacked my favorite horse, IN HIS STALL!! To us, he acted affectionate.
NEVER adopt ANY dog on a Friday!! I had to crate him until Monday, when I returned him. I think that he had been trained to be vicious, and then dumped. Not even good for a police dog, IMHO. THEY need obedience.
Hmmm, Eva would make a good police dog, since she is becoming more and more obedient to voice every day.
I believe that had I gotten him as an 8 week old, he could have been a solid citizen, like all of my dogs, "Clark," "Xena," "Rose,", "Pyg," and "Eva."
If you want a dog that can live with cats, you NEED to get the dog as a puppy and RAISE them right, and then, like a good parent, stick to that.
We started out VERY worried about her being too standoffish, but it's only been 4 days since we let her out of her cage and she's been coming right in the house more and further each night (with the help of some treats).
We don't have any expectations of ever petting her, but the fact she stuck around, comes in the house a little, and will sometimes eat a treat off our fingers is way more than we expected with a feral rescue!
I put all the info details from the past month into one post here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/niftys-feral-kitty-adventure.1424389/
That's really too bad... it just translates into more cats being euthanized, and less finding good homes. When trying to encourage good behaviors - such as animal adoption, or increased recycling - high fees can get in the way of good intentions.I used to get 10 feral cats for for free for pest control for my ranch. However, in our area, the life span of a cat in the country is much less than 30 days due to them being coyote snacks. After a couple of years, the bleeding hearts took over the county pound and things changed. They started with a $25 per cat as a fee. ( $25 x 10 = $250 ) 3 months later it became $50, then 3 months later they raised it to $75. Much too expensive to feed the coyotes, so POISON GRAIN from the County at $32 per year supply.