Chances are if you reside in a rural or even suburban surroundings, you live near feral cats – skittish, roughened wild cats that may look like they want some human help, only to run away when approached. These cats are not tame and in no way eager to become a house cat and are perfectly capable of living out on their own, whether it hurts some of the ecosystems or not.
If you find yourself surrounded by these untamed creatures, you have many alternatives. One, you could leave them claim they are simply not your problem. This is a favored option for many but by no means a good one. There are over 70 million feral cats in the U.S.A. scientists and alone rightly blame the extinction of thirty-three species of bird on such huge number of cats: cats that hunt, kill and eat a number of birds, reptiles and rodents. This overpopulation could quickly result in the extinction of other birds and perhaps even some prey mammals. Plus, who wants the reek of a feral cat spraying on its land underneath and around their carport? Yuck.
The second option would be to begin feeding them. This is a much better alternative, but still not perfect as your third option, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting a homemade shelter for them is a fantastic idea – cats that are not hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are a lot more likely to wind up empty-pawed after the hunt. But this also results in several different problems: spreading diseases and overpopulation. Diseases such as toxoplasmosis, parasites, and rabies can spread through a bite or scratch when a neighborhood pet mingles with a feral. In turn, diseases can be spread into the unsuspecting owners when they are animal interacts with them. The illnesses can lead to death in some occasions, and despair follows after an animal’s death on account of the sicknesses. This means that the disease could be spread to your cats and potentially to you and your loved ones!
This adds to the population, increasing the risk factor of all the previously mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you’d also have to increase the food you put out for the animals daily due to the additional mouths to feed. You’d also be given the task of taming and adopting the kittens out – and only given a specific window of time to do this.
This entailed trapping the cats using humane, catch-and-release traps before getting them sterilized and releasing them again. This eliminates almost all of the difficulties with having feral cats around your lawn. Now that there are neutered, they won’t be having any more kittens, they’ll be vaccinated and dewormed so that they won’t spread parasites or diseases, and they won’t feel the urge to spray their territory as much.
Don’t be afraid to receive your community shelter or the community involved!
That is where you start feeding the cats. Keeping them fed a couple of times a day ensures they are well-fed. This boosts their immune system as well, making them less likely to contract possible sicknesses that aren’t eliminated by vaccines or deworming. And now that they are feeding daily, they are less likely to bother so much with searching.
Feral cats are not bad. They help keep mice away from the barn, are interesting to watch and all they require is a bowl of food daily and space to be crazy, free-roaming cats. All you’ve got to do is give them that chance! Just dont toss them aside like Squirrel Poop