When I was a child we had a wonderful Calico cat, her name was “Calico”. We went to live in another country for a year and of course could not take her with us. We were lucky to find a home willing to take an adult cat (we didn’t dump her). It was a farm home, which seemed like a great choice. But when we returned we found out that farm homes are not the ideal life for a cat.
Calico had been beaten up by the other resident cats, and was thin, due to the fact that some farmers do not feed their cats, rather insisting they catch mice. Of course if not dewormed, farm cats are loaded with parasites from eating the mice. But at least she was alive, many farm cats have their lives cut short.
The Life of a Farm Cat
Many farm cats die within their first 6 weeks. If their mother is not well fed survival for the entire litter is poor. As well many are killed by coyotes, raccoons, owls, and foxes. Intact male cats will even kill kittens in an effort to bring the mother back into heat.
But a worse fate than that is when the farmer finds “another” unwanted litter, he may dispose of them himself, often by drowning, or by placing the kittens in a bag and throwing it onto the road.
Even if the kittens survive the first few months, they are always at risk.
Farmers often do not feed the cats, thinking they will catch more mice if hungry. Farmers seldom spend money to vaccinate, worm, and so forth. After all, they know that these cats are not going to have a long lifespan, why spend money on something that a coyote is just going to kill anyhow?
Life on a farm may not be sunshine and roses.
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When a new cat shows up on a farm, as when one is dumped in the country by its owner, the farmer is not always welcoming. Actually that is a little unfair, because often it is the current farm cats, and farm dog, who may be less welcoming. Often chasing the new comer off, or even killing it.
Declawed cats, in particular, have almost no chance of survival on a farm.
Okay, so let us assume it got by the residents and coyotes, now the newly abandoned cat faces the farmer. Most farms are already overrun with cats (due to many farmers resisting the expense of spaying or neutering) as such one more is a burden. Abandoned cats are often shot on sight, and this is legal in some areas.
Cat Abandonment is Illegal
In most areas taking your cat out to a farm is illegal. This falls under animal cruelty and is Animal Abandonment. Few people are charged because few people are caught in the act. Regardless of this, it is a cruel, and cowardly, thing to do to a pet cat, or any animal.
Do the Right Thing
If you cannot keep your cat, or do not want it any longer, the first step is to return it to the breeder, or to the animal shelter if you adopted it. If this is not an option it should be surrendered to a local animal shelter, rehomed carefully (“Free to Good Home Pets” often do not find good homes), or euthanized humanely.
Some Farm Cats have Good Lives
To say “all” farm cats have bad lives is not true. I live on a hobby farm, my cats are all spayed or neutered, and get wormed, and vaccinated. However, you must remember, I am a city kid who moved to the country and my views of cats are as pets not as “mousers”. Where I live now I am surrounded by farmers who might keep one cat as a pet, but have others around the farm that are not treated with kindness or respect. You cannot blame the farmers for this attitude, after all their entire lifestyle revolves mostly around feeding you! When some kittens were dumped on my farm, I did not keep them – you can read about them here.
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