I know basically NOTHING about guns and such so keep that in mind when reading this and please be nice. I have never considered getting a gun. Never. Never had a reason to, never felt safe with them, etc. Well, we have (expensive) chickens now and although we do not have many predators, we do currently have some stray cats stalking our run. I am fairly sure it cannot get in the run during the day and they are all locked with lock and key in the barn at night. My aunt suggested a bb gun, just in case. Would this hurt a cat, stun it, kill it or what? How dangerous are bb guns? Are they considered firearms or not? Are bb guns even worth having for the purpose that I intend them for (scaring away small predators)? If not, I'll just forget the idea all together as I won't have anything more dangerous here. (I do have a sword, but am guessing the predator would be way faster than me and wouldn't hang around for me to "take care of it"! ROFL) Okay, I think that's all. Oh, should mention I do have 4 small children under the age of 10, but they would not be allowed to use one if I did get one.