Resources for Feral Cats

purrs and headbutts: my crew of 13

 

my.little.feline.zoo's Home Page

some more pix of my little feline zoo .......

Cammie and Smokey Joes' Baby pictures.

Suggested cat book reading list

some links to some pretty useful stuff......

my little feline zoo crew's photo album

Keeping your cat indoors

 9 Lives

The Vaccination Conundrum

all you want to know about cats.... and more ^..^

Cat Factoids, proverb, trivia, quotes and more....

Bella and Tippy's page

Are you allergic to your cats? 

My little feline zoo crews' saved/birthdays  

you gotta have friends....... 

new additions to the little feline zoo... look how they have grown

Cat of the month 

My little feline zoo's memorial page 

My two feral cats Blackie and Wiley. Blackie still mistrusts humans but loves his cat siblings, especially Wiley his "siamese twin". Wiley on the other hand, has turned into a complete cuddle bug. 

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Gigi and her sons Noah and Daniel are my latest feral additions. Gigi is about 6-8 years of age, is a hard feral and lost most of the sight out of her left eye due to an ulcerated cornea. However,  now that she has been spayed, she has entered into a 2nd kittenhood of sorts. Her sons, now neutered, Noah and Daniel are m0re softer ferals but still timid around us humans.


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PAWS Feral Cats

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is simply the wild offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of people failing to spay or neuter their cat or abandonment of their cats. These cats survive as best they can - near restaurants, shopping centers, parks, dumps, or in rural areas. Feral cats often live in loose groups, or colonies, and usually go out of their way to avoid human contact.

A pair of breeding cats can have several litters per year, and their descendents can theoretically produce about 250,000 kittens over a five year period. No one knows the exact feral cat population of the United States, but it is estimated that there are millions of such animals, and thousands living in the greater Puget Sound region.

Without human intervention, many of these cats have short, painful lives and often die from disease, malnutrition, exposure, by car accidents, or predation. Feral cats are almost impossible to socialize unless captured as small kittens. Like other wild animals, they should not be handled without following instructions from feral cat rescue groups or shelters.

Many organizations have developed over the past several years to concentrate on saving feral cats. In addition, many individuals have made heroic efforts to help these animals.

The most widely accepted method of assisting feral cats and controlling the population increase of feral cat colonies involves humane capture, treatment, spay/neuter, and release.

 Click to feed an animal in need

 

 

According to a poll by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), the main reasons cats are relinquished to animal shelters are not necessarily what you might imagine.

The top three reasons on the list were:

Too many pets in household
Allergies
Moving

Completing the list are:

The cost of pet maintenance
Landlord issues
No homes for littermates
House soiling
Personal problems
Inadequate facilities
Doesn't get along with other pets
Disturbing Shelter Statistics

 

 

 

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How to build a feral shelter

Alley Cat Allies

Stanford Cat Network

Best Friends Animal Society

Amby's Feral Cat Info.

PAWS People helping Animals

Messybeast Cat Resource Archive

Feral Cat Caretakers

A video about homeless kitties :(

 Guidebook to build a spay neuter mobile near you