Arienwen, I think the male (they are all BC's) learned from the jrt we had when he was a pup and the rest learned from him. If it was only our own meat, it might not be such a big issue, after all we have four house cats. But during the winter my aunt comes to buy a cow from us, and we help her process the meat, or at least some of it. She's a neat freak, husband's a gp. Cat's aren't real popular with them in any way, cats in between her meat? Heaven forbid!
@Librarychick. None of the cats have been s/n I am working on my local vet and shelter to help me with discount on their s/n. The four month olds can only be neutered at six months, our vet refuses to do any animal before six months age. I'm Working on a plan with the older ones, they are feral, can't be caught, except maybe in a live trap which I don't have.
The little ones have full access to outside prefers to be outside 99% of the time now. One of the older sibs have come and even shared a food bowl with them, another has approached, but didn't like the idea of the washroom and promptly left. The third one is a timid little kitty who runs a mile if you so much as say "Boo".
This is the first time Sox got pregnant again so soon, not sure if the current "barn team" was her first litter, or if not what happened to previous litters.
I'm All too aware of the dangers the kittens face, one has already fallen by the wayside, killed by my dogs. Not torn apart, I think he probably had a heart attack or internal injuries. No external damage. Just a dead kitten wet with dog saliva lying in my yard last week one night. I am working with them to lrevent further tragedy, but unfortunately you never can guarantee the kittens' safety. Snakes, workers dogs, etc also pose a very real risk.