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    Soo my barn came with cats. I have spotted 3 so far and was told they are use to eating on the porch. What food do you feed outside cats?

    Also, if I get them in a live trap, will a vet spay/neuter them, even though they are feral?
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    There are TONS of spay/neuter clinics across the country that will alter feral cats - and the advantage of a clinic over a vet office is cost as they are specialized specifically to alteration and are designed to be low cost clinics - definitely get them fixed or you'll have hundreds of cats before you know it. I would just get some good kibble and feed them that - I know there is the train of thought of don't feed the barn cats because they won't hunt, but I have always supplemented and never had a rodent issue..
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    Check with your local humane society about a fix-and-release program. Most offer it much cheaper than a regular vet.

    I grew up with farm cats and my dad always just bought giant bags of dry food and fed them once a day. We had buckets of water for them, as well as carpet-lined plywood cat houses since we didn't actually have a barn for them to hide in.
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    If you PM me your general area in MO I will gladly help you find the nearby clinics
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    You feed them cat food. As for will a vet spay/neuter them, yes, however they will need the appropriate bloodwork/hospitalization as required by your vet. If you have any large animals (cows/horses/alpacas/goats) see if that vet will do it. Farm vets will often spay/neuter barn cats, but less care will be put into them so yes, they are more likely to get sick/have complications, but the price is cheaper. I would recommend doing it though so you dont end up with 20 barn cats. The local humane society may do trap-neuter-release as well.
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    The previous owners said there is a male a few houses up that kept coming down and makin babies. They would just catch the kittens and give them away.

    I will look into clinics for them.

    Think wet or dry food for them? I've heard it recommended to do both for inside cats, so they get extra moisture. Is that a concern with outdoors cats?
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    Thanks for all the info! I've never really had cats, especially not feral ones lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chikatoka View Post
    The previous owners said there is a male a few houses up that kept coming down and makin babies. They would just catch the kittens and give them away.

    I will look into clinics for them.

    Think wet or dry food for them? I've heard it recommended to do both for inside cats, so they get extra moisture. Is that a concern with outdoors cats?
    I'd do dry. Cheaper and it doesn't spoil.
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    We fed our outdoor cats a cheap dry food.
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    Darn it. I found kittens in the barn toay. I guess it just became a priority to get these cats fixed
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