Feral Cat Management
Why Care About Feral Cats?
Feral cats are not like domestic cats; and if they are adults, they never will be. Feral cats, also known as community cats, are free-roaming felines that were born and raised in the wild. These homeless cats do not work well with other companion pets and generally do not get along with humans. They can be aggressive with poor behaviors and carry diseases to humans and pets such as tick diseases; rabies; and toxoplasmosis and giardiasis. While they are deemed "unadoptable" as adults, they can be socialized if caught at a young age.
They cannot enter into homes and they shouldn't be taken to cat shelters or humane societies. (Community cats have a high risk of being euthanized if placed in the care of animal shelters.)
What can be done for feral cat management?
There are an estimated 50 million feral cats in the United States; and this is a concern for homeowners with companion animals and small children. Homeowners that wish to rid homeless cats from properties should consider getting involved or starting a trap-neuter-release program in their own neighborhood. TNR Programs work with animal clinics to spay/neuter homeless cats, thus reducing the homeless cat population. This is the most humane way to prevent homeless cats from being born into the wild and to block the spread of diseases to people and pets.
How to start a TNR Program?
TNR Programs require a structured plan to get started and help from the community. A request for assistance from cat lovers and local volunteers to capture feral cats is a good start. Capturing cats requires box traps or drop traps with bait for best results. Additionally, feral cat program coordinators require a cat enclosure or some form of shelter to keep cats secured during the humane trapping and release stages. Outdoor cat enclosures allow cats to stay in their natural surroundings and will be around other feral cats. Caregivers will need to purchase healthy cat foods and fresh water, as well.
- Feral cats will not approach you. They will be skittish and quiet.
- Will not eat in front of humans.
- May come out at night.
TNR feral cat programs eliminate new litters being born into the wild without homes and reduce the number of homeless cats running around neighborhoods. This is the best method for controlling the homeless cat population in the United States and protecting pets from diseases.
Feral Cat Day is celebrated on October 16, 2019. TNR Programs and cat caregivers will be given a discount on cat fence kits from EasyPetFence.com during the month of October. Call EasyPetFence.com to learn more.