Chances are if you reside in a rural or perhaps suburban surroundings, you live near feral cats – skittish, roughened wild cats which may look like they need some human assistance, only to run away when approached. These cats are not tame and in no way willing to be a house cat and are perfectly capable of living outside independently, whether it hurts some of the ecosystems or not.
If you end up surrounded by these untamed creatures, you have many alternatives. One, you could leave them claim they are just not your problem. This is a favored option for many but by no means a great 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 variety of cats: cats who hunt, kill and eat all sorts of birds, rodents and reptiles. This overpopulation could quickly lead to the extinction of other birds and maybe even some prey mammals. Plus, who would like the reek of a feral cat spraying its land underneath and around their carport? Yuck.
The second choice would be to begin feeding them. This is a better alternative, but still not ideal as your third option, which we will discuss in a minute. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting a homemade shelter for them is a good idea – cats that are not hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are a lot more likely to end up empty-pawed following the hunt. But this also results in several other issues: 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 to the unsuspecting owners when they’re animal interacts with them. The illnesses can cause death in some events, and despair follows after a creature’s death on account of the sicknesses.
In addition to this, cats are like rabbits when it comes to replicating and if none of the cats are sterilized, there will be kittens. This increases the population, raising the risk factor of the earlier mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you would also need to increase the food you put out for the animals daily because of the extra mouths to feed. You’d also be given the task of taming and adopting out the kittens – and just given a specific window of time to do this.
This entailed trapping the cats using humane, catch-and-release traps prior to getting them releasing them . This eliminates almost all the difficulties with having feral cats around your lawn. Now that there are neutered, they won’t be needing any more kittens, they will be vaccinated and dewormed so they won’t spread diseases or parasites, and they won’t feel the urge to spray their land as much.
Don’t be afraid to get your community shelter or the community involved!
That’s where you begin feeding the cats. Keeping them fed once or twice a day ensures that 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 they are feeding daily, they are less likely to bother so much with hunting.
Feral cats aren’t bad. They help keep mice away from your barn, are interesting to watch and all they need is a bowl of food daily and space to be crazy, free-roaming cats. All you’ve got to do is give them that opportunity to toss that Squirrel Poop