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3 legged barn cat???

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Can a cat w/ 3 legs (missing a hind leg) successfully live as a barn cat?
post #2 of 6
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In theory yes. But, IMO, no. There are just way too many dangers & the kitty cannot possibly run fast enough to get away!
post #3 of 6
It depends on the cat. I know a lot of 4 legged cats that would not survive as barn cats.

From what I gather, cats can do very well with 3 legs.
post #4 of 6
Maybe, but it might be better to bring the 3-legged inside and live as a pampered pet
post #5 of 6
I am not in expert in cats as I only owned mine for close to a year. However I have seen a lot of barns and cats that live at barns. I have seen some barns that have really nice places for cats to live in such as club house and an indoor arena's. However most barn cats I have seen have to get through life in cold weather and running away from people and animal. I personally would not want to see a 3 legged cat at the barn as I would not think it will live a good life and probably the chances of this cat to survive a long time is slim. At the barn I board my horses we loose cats and kittens to coyotes all the time and those are the once that can actually run fast with all 4 legs but a cat with only 3 legs probably be the first one caught.
post #6 of 6
As mentioned above, it might depend on the barn conditions. If predators are not a big problem then I think a 3-legged cat could adapt just fine. I have a declawed barn cat. He was a "free-to-good-home" kitty due to allergies and he was already declawed when he came here. He was supposed to be a house cat, but decided that fresh laundry was a nice litter box so he had to go out. He has done fine out there the past 5 years and he is actually one of the better hunters...I see him with mice all the time. I think they can adapt, but if the house is a possibility I'd go that route first. And if you do put it outside please watch it closely at first just to make sure it is adapting. Good luck!
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