Oct. 16 is National Feral Cat Day. Here are some helpful feral cat facts:
Feral cats have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. They are the same species as pet cats. Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore unadoptable.
Trap-Neuter-Return – a humane approach to managing and caring for feral cats – is the only effective method of stabilizing feral cat colonies. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR for feral cats has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR.
However, in the majority of cities, feral cats are still caught and brought to animal pounds and shelters where they are killed. The shelter system is the number one cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70 percent of cats who enter shelters are killed there, including virtually 100 percent of feral cats. That’s why it’s so important for people like you to use National Feral Cat Day, and every day, to help build more compassionate communities for cats.
Their kittens can be adopted. Kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. There is a crucial window, and if they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral.
So let’s be kind to all cats and contact us about our Trap Neuter Return program. Pets Lifeline has one of the most successful TNR programs in the county.