What is a PHS Working Cat?

PHS Working Cats are cats that would not flourish in a home environment; but would thrive as indoor/outdoor cats providing pest control in your garage, barn, stable, warehouse, or other safe location. A PHS Working Cat will keep rodents in check, eliminating the need for chemicals that are toxic to the environment and dangerous to pets, wildlife and children. Working cats may or may not allow human contact.

Do PHS Working Cats require regular care?

PHS Workings Cats can live mainly outdoors; however, they need a barn, stable or other outbuilding to sleep in and to allow them to escape from predators. You must provide food and fresh water daily, as they cannot survive on eating rodents alone. You will also be responsible for any future veterinary care.

What is included in a PHS Working Cat adoption?

Cats participating in the PHS Working Cats Program are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested, and ear-tipped (under anesthesia our veterinarian will notch an ear tip, the widely recognized sign that a feral cat is altered). The adoption fee for PHS working cats is $15 for one cat and $20 for two. We strongly recommend you adopt working cats in pairs.

Are there any special instructions?

The 2-4 week transition period for a working cat is very important and adopters must be willing to follow the instructions to ensure the best chance of the cats living a healthy and successful life as an outdoor cat. You can read our PHS Working Cat Instructions here. Working cats do require continued basic care, feeding, flea control and veterinary checkups.

By undertaking this commitment you are saving the life of a cat that cannot be adopted to live in a regular home. Your adoption also alleviates pressure on crowded animal shelters.

Questions? Interested in adopting a PHS Working Cat?  Contact us at workingcats@pasadenahumane.org.