Caring for Your New Barnies
Setting Up an Acclimation Crate or Room
New caretakers should be prepared for a brief period of adjustment. Moving to a new home is extremely stressful for feral cats so preparing in advance can help the cats transition to their new home much easier. Confinement is basically the difference between life and death with barnies.
Plan to keep the cats confined for NO LESS than 1-2 weeks. 3-4 weeks is highly recommended. If you do not acclimate the cats to you and their new environment, they will run off and will probably not survive. You will basically be feeding coyotes. Plus, the amount of time and resources that have been put into each of these barn cats will be completely wasted. If you won't confine, don't adopt barnies.
Set up your crate or SECURE room or garage so that the cats have a a warm, dry place to hide. The majority of these cats are feral and do not want to interact with you, at least not at first. Once they associate you with food, they will be more interested in you.
Scared cats will tend to not eat so we recommend using both good dry food and wet food to encourage them to eat. Keep the food and water and litter near the front of the cage so you can easily change it out DAILY without stressing out the cats.
Relocating feral cats is a last resort but for their safety, it is sometimes a must. Our rescue provides the vet work to give them the care they need and we then ask you to supply the shelter and food/water for their future health and happiness. After a short stay in secure confinement, your barnies will accept their new home and be chasing mice out of your grain with enthusiasm.
Thank you to Friends of Ferals, Inc., for the image and information.