Feeding isnot enough
Two unaltered catsand their offspring canproduce dozens of catswithin a few months.Please,never just feedferal cats—doing socontributes to theoverpopulation crisisand forces shelters tokill homeless animals.
Remember that in theeyes of the law,when youfeed cats,you “own”them,and when you “own”them,you are responsible for providing them with food,water,shelter,sterilization,medical care,and euthanasia to prevent suffering.
Feral cats are not wildlife
They are domestic cats,just like the ones who share yourhome.
Despite their wild and independent appearance,feralcats rely on kind people to provide them with basics likefood and water,to keep them safe,and to make responsiblechoices for them.Altering feral cats spares future generationsfrom the perils of outdoor life,but in mostcases,it doesnot improve the quality of life for thosewho are already struggling to liveon the streets.Throughout theyear,they endureextreme weather conditions,and in the winter,shelters andanimal hospitals routinely see injured and dying catswhose bodies were cutby fans when they tried to seek warmth insideautomobile engines.
It’s a jungleout there
The life expectancyof a feral cat is lessthan five years,andmany die evenyounger.
Minor cutsand puncture wounds can easily turninto raging infections,and parasites,such as worms and fleas,often lead to anemia from blood loss.As soon as you notice that your own animal companions are suffering from worms,ear infections,urinary tract infections,or other illnesses,yourush them to a veterinarian for treatment,but most feral catsdo not receive veterinary care for their painful injuries andailments because they haveno one to closely watch and tend to them.Free-roamingdogs and even wild animalsattack,injure,and kill feralcats,and cruel people whoconsider cats to be a“nuisance”shoot,poison,and throw things at unattendedcats.If the cats you feed areconsidered tobe a nuisance by anyone and arenot welcomedby all membersof your community,they are in danger.
F e r a l C a t s
If you live in an area with temperateweather,Cat Fence-In,a netting kit thatattaches to the tops of fences,could make your large,fenced-in backyard into a safehaven for a few cats.Find out more at
In a properly managed feral catcolony,the following are true:
•Every cat is altered.•Cats are isolated from roads,people,and other animals.•Caretakers monitor,feed,and water the cats daily andprovide veterinary care as needed.•Cats have access to a secure,warm,dry shelter andare not subjected to harsh weather conditions.•Cats are kept away from other animals so that they do not injure or kill wildlife.
For more information on what you can do to help feral catsand other animals,please visit
You can order humane live traps through thefollowing companies:
Animal Care,Equipment & Services (ACES),Inc.
Tomahawk Live Trap
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals501 Front St.,Norfolk,VA 23510757-622-7382•PETA.org
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