October Facts

Farm Cats

The farm cat, also known as a barn cat, is a domestic cat, usually of mixed breed, that lives primarily out-of-doors, in a feral or semi-feral condition on agricultural properties, usually sheltering in outbuildings.

Not all of your barn cats are prickly and averse to human attentions. Take our farm cat, Oliver. He lives in the storage area of our Wine Tasting Room. He tends to be curious when there are only a few people around. He'll knip your heels as a sign of affection! We're not sure what his taste is in wine but we do know he keeps the other cats in line.

Some Facts About Farm Cats

Cats are considered to be the only animal that domesticated itself. Humans saw the potential in keeping wolves as companions and domesticated them for safety, hunting, and companionship. Livestock, we domesticated to make getting food easier. Cats, although they also serve a purpose for humans, took the matter into their own hands.
It is not true that a well-fed cat will no longer hunt. In fact, a healthy, happy, and full cat will be more inclined to hunt, even if it hunts for fun and not to eat the mice. Additionally, feeding your cats regularly guarantees that they are getting all of the nutrients they need to maintain good health.
Most cats cannot tolerate lactose – milk sugar. It gives them diarrhea, and of course that is debilitating and can lead to serious health problems.
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Oliver Broken Spoke Farm Cat