If you live on a farm, or anywhere near a barn or backyard shed, you know that feral kittens are a real problem during the summertime. These kits can wreak havoc on your wildlife, but they’re also in danger of being hit by cars, killed by hawks, and more. So, what do you do if you find wild kittens in your barn or backyard? This article will give you some ideas.
Monitor Their Behavior to Decide Whether Capturing Them Would Be a Good Idea
While most animals should be brought inside during cold weather, sometimes all you can offer is a bit of shelter, like a shed or a barnyard. Some kittens don’t want to come inside because outside is all they’ve known. Work on getting those kitties to warm up to you. Set out food and water, sit down and watch them calmly, and offer your fingertips to sniff when they come to investigate.
If those kitties refuse to slow down, and if they are too smart for your humane traps, build them a nice little nook in your barn or backyard. Somewhere warm out of the elements. You could turn garage storage boxes into little beds with old blankets for the kittens to sleep on.
Set a Humane Trap to Capture Wild Kittens Safely and Securely
Small humane animal traps are available at almost every hardware store nationwide. These are perfect for capturing the kitties wreaking havoc in your barn or backyard. Place some wet kitten food on the release, then head inside. Check the trap every couple of hours.
Take the Kitties to the Vet for a Workup on Anything that Might Be Wrong—Either Environmentally or Genetically
Kittens born in the wild are subjected to more genetic abnormalities and environmental issues. After a successful capture, take these furballs to the vet for a work-up. Talk to the vet about keeping the kittens as indoor pets. If the vet is on-board, ask about techniques to slowly integrate and socialize the kitties into your household.
Note: If you’ve no intention of keeping the kittens, make sure you find them good forever homes. If you know reliable, positive friends with time to tame and love them, try to set them up in a home like that.