|About Feral Cats|
What is a feral cat and what should we do
A feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Feral cats can have the same lifespan, and the incidence of disease is just as low, as in companion cats. Feral cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their outdoor home.
Feral cats typically live in colonies where they have access to food and shelter. An unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding, and the onset of problem mating behaviors (fighting, yowling, etc.). However, feral cats should not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can only be euthanized. Catching and killing the cats does not work - when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in (this is known as the “vacuum effect,” and is well-documented)
What is TNR, and why does it work?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis. This method has been endorsed by national animal
welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments,
as the best option for feral cats and the communities they inhabit.
Here’s how it works:
(The above information is courtesy of Humane Alliance.)