NOTE: We presently have just a proven adult hunter available (as of October 2020)! Call now, as we don't always have them and they usually go quickly!
Since the beginning of the cat and human relationship, historians and scientists believe people learned a long time ago that having cats around can be pretty darn useful. Whether an ancient child first found a kitten that simply followed them home, or a hardworking farmer discovered a couple of cats hiding in the granary, it seems simple enough that humans would have quickly figured out cats were great keeping rats out of the food storage, pests out of the homestead, and just maybe, kittens were as fun to play with back then as they are now.
But no matter how it got started, many of today's cats still retain a strong instinct to hunt. For some felines, it never gets past the playing with toys stage. For others, hunting is a sport, and for still others, killing and eating small rodents and other animals is a matter of survival.
For our purposes, a working cat is any cat that "works" in exchange for room and board. It's a simple arrangement: as "owner" of the cat, you provide a shelter safe from bad weather (rain, excessive heat, etc), predators (coyotes, stray dogs, raccoons, etc) and traffic. You make sure the cat(s) have fresh food and clean water available. In return, the cats help keep your property free of mice, rats, other small pests, and sometimes even bigger critters, such as gophers and ground squirrels. It's clean, relatively easy, all organic pest control. And a win-win for those cats that would otherwise be euthanized in an animal shelter or spend short, miserable lives starving in the streets.
To be perfectly honest, we would prefer most cats to be indoor only, pampered pets. But to also be perfectly honest, there are plenty of cats out there who are never going to be happy as house pets. Sometimes these cats were born feral, became feral after being dumped, were unable to be socialized, or even in some cases, have litter box issues that prevent them from happily living indoors. Whether they are friendly, pretty cats or shy, battle-scarred ferals that will never willingly allow human touch, these cats can still have long, useful, productive lives.
If you think a working cat or two might be a good fit for your situation, give us a call. We've adopted cats to large home workshops, wineries, vineyards, storage areas, horse barns, hobby farms, and even a feed store. If a working cat works for you, we'd love to work it out!
NOTES: We do NOT relocate feral cat colonies.
We do not always have feral cats or kittens available.