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Old 12/26/16, 01:37 PM
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Had to chuckle at the post that said that barn cats wouldn't be affectionate or sit in your lap. Our two are the most loving cats we've ever had. If you sit down outside somebody's gonna be in your lap. Dragon, my male, insists on being picked up for luvs on my way to the barn for chores. Mouse, the female, must head butt you before she will eat. Both are excellent hunters, but i feed them AM & PM. I call them before i put the food down, and if they are within hearing they come running. They are small, 7# each, but i have seen them take out full grown rats, birds on the wing, bats out of trees, mice, moles, voles, and unfortunately one time, a full grown chicken. I think getting them as weaned kittens and feeding them in their crate for a week before letting them loose in the barn was what made them affectionate to us. They knew where the food was coming from. Their moms were good hunters and only semi-tame.
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Old 12/26/16, 06:28 PM
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Had to chuckle at the post that said that barn cats wouldn't be affectionate or sit in your lap. Our two are the most loving cats we've ever had. If you sit down outside somebody's gonna be in your lap. Dragon, my male, insists on being picked up for luvs on my way to the barn for chores. Mouse, the female, must head butt you before she will eat. Both are excellent hunters, but i feed them AM & PM. I call them before i put the food down, and if they are within hearing they come running. They are small, 7# each, but i have seen them take out full grown rats, birds on the wing, bats out of trees, mice, moles, voles, and unfortunately one time, a full grown chicken. I think getting them as weaned kittens and feeding them in their crate for a week before letting them loose in the barn was what made them affectionate to us. They knew where the food was coming from. Their moms were good hunters and only semi-tame.
Oh, that was my post, and please allow me to clarify. My own barn cats are quite affectionate toward me and sometimes even toward friends of mine. But always, only on their own terms.

I was thinking about the OP and how I've seen young children carry house cats around, holding them only under their front legs and most of the cat drooping toward the ground (painful for the cat), or dressing cats up in doll's clothes. No barn cat I've ever owned would tolerate such play -- and that's the difference I was attempting to point out.
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If they're not hand-friendly just feed them in a dog crate every day for a week. Then when you need to get them vaccinated, just don't feed them for 2 days and switch out the dog crate for a hav-a-heart. Then put cat food in the hav-a-heart.
Jeeze I'd like to go back in time about 20 years and explain this to myself. There was that one day when "Feral Kitty" put four larger-than-I-was-expecting holes in my hand. That day, yes, that day could have been prevented. GOT HER SHOTS THOUGH! And then we waited for the blood work to make sure I didn't need any.... LOL
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Lol! My TNR lady taught that to me, and they use the same method in trapping stray dogs. It works great. Neighbor's kittens were caught in one day. Mama cat took 4 days, but she too was caught. We didn't even use the dog crate first, but the dog crate makes them think it's safe to eat out of the metal box. And these were cats that did not like people overly much. They never got pet or held... So they were not pleased about being nabbed.
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