Operation: Better Mouse Trap ~and Barn Cat


Many times when feral or unsocial cats end up in a shelter, they are euthanized because they’ll never make good indoor house pets. These cats prefer outdoor living and for the most part will never adapt to indoor living or willingly allow humans to touch them. Operation: Better Mouse Trap barn cat program rescues these cats from animal control facilities where they would otherwise be euthanized, and places them in barns, garages, warehouses, and other settings better suited to unsocial cats.

 Barn cats are working cats and they are happy to do it. They are used to living on the streets and are pleased to tend to any mouse or rodent problem you may have. They prefer little to no human contact and will work for the price of daily food and water, vet care as needed, and shelter in a barn, garage, or other structure. Operation: Better Mouse Trap’s barn cats are healthy, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and in need of a new outdoor home.

The Barn Cat Program is a win-win-win for both the cats, adopters and the community! Cats enjoy safe outdoor homes with shelter and a caregiver, and adopters enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats happily tend to their rodent troubles.

Interested in adopting a barn cat? Read the FAQ below and Contact Us About adopting at the bottom of this page!


How much does it cost to adopt a barn cat?

  • The adoption fee is waived. You will be responsible for ongoing veterinary care (as necessary), food, water and shelter.

What do I do when I bring the cat’s home?

  • Operation Better Mouse Trap will bring the new barn cats to you and help set up cages In The area they are to be confined in an XL dog crate for 3 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. You will feed/water and clean the litter pan daily during the confinement period. After this period of confinement, the cats will usually accept their new home and may be released. The 3 week confinement period is mandatory for this program to be successful. You will continue to provide daily food and water and allow them access to shelter such as your barn or garage. Operation: Better Mouse Trap can loan confinement cages as needed and will help you find a suitable situation to set up.  We will follow up to see how things are going before and after the 3 week confinement.

Are they spayed or neutered?

  • Yes. All barn cats come spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and treated for worms and fleas.

Will I be responsible for future vaccinations?

  • Operation: Better Mouse Trap barn cats will be up-to-date on vaccines when they are adopted. If you wish to keep a cat’s vaccinations up to date, you may make appointment arrangements your regular veterinarian. The best way to have feral cats vaccinated is with the use of a live humane trap, such as a Tomahawk Feral Cat Trap. Operation: Better Mouse Trap loans live traps and is experienced in safely vaccinating feral cats who arrive in humane traps.

Do you have any friendly barn cats?

  • No. Most of the cats in the barn cat program are not social, friendly cats or suited to be pets. They have no desire to be lap cats and cannot be touched, or may take a very long time to trust enough to pet. We require adopters to offer cats in this program an independent outdoor life with a suitable weather shelter and daily food and water. Do not expect that these cats will turn into pets, only working cats.

Do you have any barn kittens?

  • The youngest cats in the barn cat program are approximately six months old. Operation: Better Mouse Trap will not adopt younger kittens as barn cats, as they don’t yet have the knowledge, size, or skills to remain safe outdoors. Most cats in the barn program are young adults between one and five years of age, though we do have younger and older cats available occasionally.

What do the barn cats require?

  • The cats require shelter in a permanent building or structure like a barn, shed, stable, or garage in a suitable rural area where they will be safe. The property should be away from busy roads. Daily food and water must be provided, as well as any future medical care needed. The cats must also be kept confined for the initial 3 week relocation period to ensure a successful transition to their new home.

Can I come look at, or select, my barn cats?

  • The Operation: Better Mouse Trap barn cats are not accessible to visitors for safety reasons. When you are scheduled to adopt, Operation: Better Mouse Trap will select barn cats for you based on the temperment needed for the job and the experience of the cat.  Downtown city cats may not be suitable for very rural areas or may need more time to acclimate, some are more aggressive than others, and others will do well if they are bonded with another cat. If you have a color, age, or sex preference, we will do our best to accommodate you. All barn cat adoptions are scheduled by appointment since it can take some time and extra staff to round the kitties up.

If you are ready to get rolling on getting your working cats, or for more information, contact us using the link!  And Thank you for considering to give a feral cat a rewarding job and life!

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