What Are Feral Felines?
Feral felines are cats that have become wild and no longer desire human contact. They were either born feral or started out as pets and reverted to a wild state over time.
Feral Cat Facts
No one knows exactly how many feral cats live in the U.S., but the number has been estimated in the tens of millions. Most feral cats are born, live and die without anyone ever knowing of their existence. Feral cats exist in colonies anywhere food can be found – dumpsters, college campuses, apartment complexes, etc. Even if only a small amount of food can be found, they will continue to reproduce and bring kittens into the world that cannot be sustained. However, for many ferals, the health and quality of life is dramatically improved through the loving dedication of caretakers who provide food, water and simple shelter.
Feral cat populations provide an invaluable service to our environment. They are great mousers and help keep the rodent and snake populations under control. If these cats are unhealthy, they cannot do their job. Rather than eradicate the colonies, it has been proven that it's better to stabilize them through the TNR Program.
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What Is TNR?
TNR (Trap, Neuter/spay, vaccinate, Return) is the most humane and effective way of reducing the population. The health and quality of life of feral cats is dramatically improved through TNR and the caring dedication of volunteer caretakers. Studies show that feral cats in managed colonies enjoy the same good health and low occurrence of disease enjoyed by pets. Here is how the process works:
- Trapping and Recovery (TNR Process)
- Withhold food for 24 hours.
- Bait trap with mackerel or tuna.
- Cover trap with a sheet or towel immediately after the cat is trapped. Covering the trap helps reduce the cat's stress level.
- Place covered trap on blocks with newspaper to catch bodily waste.
- Make sure cat is kept at a comfortable temperature and in a quiet protected area.
- DO NOT attempt to open trap.
- DO NOT stick fingers in cage.
- DO NOT feed.
- Keep all other animals and children away from cat.
- Overnight Care
- No food after 10 p.m.
- No water after midnight.
- Keep trap covered at all times.
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