Working Cat Program

The working cat program helps Great Plains place cats with special needs into homes that are better fitting to them than the traditional adoptive home. These special kitties either prefer little to no human interaction or have other various needs that make them better suited to be a working cat.  Social cats are considered for the working cat program dependent on the needs of that cat.  If you’re looking for a way to be environmentally conscious get rid of the dangerous rodent poisons and traps and provide a home to a working cat. They need you and you need them!  To learn more read our questions and answers below and fill out our online application. You can also email theworkingcat@greatplainsspca.org

Caring for your Barn Cat

Arriving to your barn:
Please keep your cat in an enclosed area of the barn, if the barn does not have secure doors, some people start their cats off in the feed/tack room.
They should remain closed off from the outside for 2 weeks. During this time a schedule of feeding and cleaning the litter box out should be set up to be done daily. You may choose not to use the litter box after the cat has access to the outside. Once the 2 weeks has gone by the cat has learned where their food and shelter come from, you may open the doors and allow your cat to explore.

Introduction to the rest of the barn:
If you have dogs, please keep them away when you allow your cat out for the first time. You should do this during the day time and on a clear weather day. This will help ensure your cat sticks around and feels comfortable to explore without interference from weather or other animals.

Feeding:
Your cat will be on mouse control, but you still need to provide food and water daily. Cats will not hunt more if food is withheld from them. Feeding at the same time and place everyday will help keep your cat on the property.

Socializing:
Your new cat may prefer not to stick around when there are people out, these cats are truly feral cats. There are some that over time will allow petting and even approach you. If you want to spend time socializing with your cat, offering wet food each feeding and sitting with your cat will help them become more comfortable in your presence. Some cats may allow petting when eating their wet food treat.

If you have any questions during this process or want to update us on your barn cats progress.
Please give us a call at 913-808-3406

Q&A

Is there a cost to adopting a working cat?
We have waived the adoption fee for these cats. You are responsible for
providing food, water, shelter, and any necessary vet care needed.

Are the cats vaccinated?
The cats are spayed/neutered and up to date on their rabies vaccination. They have been treated for fleas/heartworms and dewormed.

What about future vet care?
We recommend keeping their yearly vaccinations up to date through the direction of your veterinarian. Many veterinarians can vaccinate feral cats through the human trap used to bring them in. Use a humane trap to catch your cat to bring into the vet for any medical needs.

How do I get my barn cat to remain on the property?
We will advise you on the necessary means to acclimate your cat to their new home. It will require a confined room for minimum 2 weeks (preferred 4 weeks) to help the cat acclimate and learn where their source of food comes from.

I want my cat to hunt so should I still feed them?
Absolutely, cats that are fed will stick around your property and be more motivated to hunt. An unfed cat is not a motivated cat.

Do I have to have a barn to own a working cat?
No. There are several structures and environments suitable for these cats. Wineries, Distilleries, Breweries, green houses, flower shops, and warehouses.

How do I begin the process to adopt a barn cat?
Please fill out our online survey our working cat coordinator will be in
contact with you. Please give us 48 hours to process your application.

Do you have any friendly working cats?
Most Great Plains cats are considered for traditional adoption first unless
they show behaviors that would indicate they would prefer to be a working cat
with minimal interaction. In some medical cases where the cat sprays or
inappropriately eliminates and medical measures have been taken to rule out
anything medically wrong with the cat, they would be considered for working cat placement.

Can I adopt a kitten to be a working cat?
Cats under 6 months old are not considered for the working cat program. They do not have the necessary skills to be safe and survive outside unless they were
raised from birth outdoors.