I don't get this at all. We have lots of animals. All well feed. All well taken care of. Our two cats, both full grown. Like to go to the nieghbors farms to hunt. Many times I'll look out and see them in the wrong fields. How can I get them to stay closer. Our yard is overgrown with mice and moles. We need at least two new kittens just to keep the yard mice free. We don't have house cats. Living in the country, outside cats are a must........but I need them in my yard.
Rebecca, are they spayed and neutered? That will help, but cats are nocturnal hunters by nature, and if I were you I would'nt want to risk them getting killed by a coyote, or a dog. They will travel miles if intact, to find another intact male or female. This means they are open to all kinds of disease. It's a bit of a dilemma.
I live in the country-own several acres, in fact. And I would have to disagree with you that outside cats are a must. Cats are so much healthier and live so much longer when they are indoor cats. But Pen is right-they will tend to stay closer to home if spayed/neutered. You obviously don't do that, since your one (very young) cat had kittens.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
I have no problems with barn/farm cats. They do tend to wonder. If they are altered, then their isn't much you can do. They go where they want to find the food. it is the only way I can have cats, so They have a great room in the barn with heat/fan food and water, Mine have never wondered extremly far, but I don't have a tracking device on them so who knows.
"unaltered" animals have an instinct to have a larger territory for mating purposes. Spaying/neutering may make them stay closer to home since they will no longer have a need for a large territory, but since they already have that territory established, spaying or neutering now my not do any good. If they are already "altered" then do they have a specific place for them close to home where they have food water and shelter? Outdoor cats go to where ever they find what they need. You will hear many references to cats owning people - instead of vice-versa. Maybe your cats don't claim you?
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
We have barn cats too, and I understand what you mean about them being a necessity. If we didnt have them outside, we would eb overrun with rodents, and have been, on occasion when we were home to only a few cats. Not alot you can do, but toms in particular will roam if given the chance. Definitely have them neutered, and you may see a difference. do you feed them well too? Contrary to what some people will tell you, a hungry cat is NOT a better hunter. Huntng is their hobby, and if they are well fed and healthy, they will pursue their hobbies with great zeal. Neuter them and get them on a regular feeding schedule-I expect you may see a difference in how much they stick around. Most areas have a low cost spay/neuter program in the works for barn cats- we did ours for $30, and it included vaccinations and worming-try googling "low cost neuter + your area" and see what comes up.
I live on a farm, with cattle, hay, and about 5 barns. our farm cats are essential.yes i have indoor cats too. we feed the farm cats and spay/nueter them, and yeap we feed them.i also own a cattle dog and a small mut.having cats indoors all the time to me is, rediculous, b/c its there nature to be out playing/hunting. they love to hunt birds, mice, grasshoppers ect. playing with leaves and twigs, its better than going to the movies watching them play! even though my big male cats are fixed, they still roam around, and way back in the woods, but evening is feeding time and they know at 5 pm im out at the smoke house with there vittles. and i havent had the problem of my cats being killed off by a predator. we have cyotes here and my cattle dog keeps them run off. but if one does get killed, i would figure it would be the circle of life.these cats on the farm are here to do a job. not a pleasure pet.my pleasure pets are indoor/outdoor cats, i wouldnt dare think of not letting them out to play, to me that is cruel. to each his own opinion though.