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Feral Cats

Why Feral Cat Day

Feral Cat Day was started to promote and support efforts to care for feral cats in various communities around the United States.  It has spread to include cities and towns in Canada. Feral Cat Day helps animal groups such as the Humane Society, and Alley Cat Allies spread awareness about how to help feral cats.

Difference between Pet Cats, Stray Cats, and Feral Cats

Feral cats are also called outdoor or community cats – they are cats that who don’t belong to any one person/family.  In general feral cats have been abandoned or are lost, or they are the offspring of abandoned or lost cats.  Unlike strays and pets, feral cats are not socialized to humans and are not good candidates for adoption.  Feral cats may live in colonies typically composed of related cats.  Feral cat colonies tend to live in an area with access to shelter, and food (dumpsters or people that feed them).  In general feral cats are relatively healthy. Stray cats are lost or abandoned.  The main difference is that they are socialized to humans.  These cats are adoptable if they can’t be reunited with their owners. Pet cats are owned by a single person or family.  While they may enjoy time outside they have a home they return to.  Pet cats are socialized to humans.

Problems Cause by Feral Cats

Over population from feral cats is a huge problem.  When these cats end up in shelters they end up euthanized because they are unadoptable. Other than over population feral cats cause several community nuisances.  The main complaints listed by the Humane Society are:

  • Noise due to fighting or mating behaviours
  • Strong smells from territorial spraying
  • Flea infestations

Trap-Neuter-Return

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has been identified as the best way to deal with feral cats.  TNR decreases the number of feral cats over time.  The process is very simple:

  • The cat is trapped in a safe manner
  • The cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, and “tipped” (a tip of the ear is removed – this makes the cat recognized as spayed or neutered)
  • The cat is returned to its home

How you can Help

If you’d like to help the Humane Society has a list of things you can do: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/what_you_can_do_for_ferals.html?credit=web_id83565963 For more information on Feral Cat Day check out: http://nationalferalcatday.org/about-national-feral-cat-day/

What do you think…

Should you feed feral cats? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page for a chance to win a pack of Cat Box Liners.  Deadline Oct. 21, 2014 at 11:55pm, for more information contact [email protected]

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