FC: Feral Cats - We need love too!
2: Feral cats are the descendants of domesticated cats that were abandoned by their owners or strayed away from home and were not spayed or neutered.
3: Feral cats may live alone, but are usually found in large groups called "colonies". | As they are often nocturnal, you may not be aware of their presence.
4: Not socialized to humans, they view people as danger. Feral cats are afraid of humans and will run from them. People are only in danger of being bitten or scratched if they try to corner them.
5: Feral cats are predators and scavengers that feed on rodents, birds, rabits, vegetation and garbage. The average lifespan of a feral cat that survives kittenhood is less than two years. Feral cats use abandon buildings and junked cars for shelter.
6: Feral cats prefer areas in and around human habitation. A feral cat that is welcomed around farms can live up to 10 years because they have food & shelter.
7: A pair of breeding cats can have two or more litters per year. | They can potentially produce over 400,000 offspring over a seven-year period.
8: In response to the staggering problems with feral cats, the Feral Cat Coalition was formed. The FCC is an organization that traps, spays/nueters fercal cats and returns them to their colony. Some feral cats with love and caring can be adopted out to families.
9: Once the fercal cats are trapped, they are taken to a vet to be spayed and neutered and given vaccine shots. The vet will also cut the tip of one ear off before the cat is returned to the colony. This marking is important to be able to keep track of new comers that might join the colony.
10: The Trap, Nueter, Return (TNR) program stabiizes the colonies and eliminates many of the problems such as urine odor, mating fights and most importantly population growth. Trap and kill programs have proven to be ineffective in controlling the feral cat problem; where as, TRN programs have proven to be effective.
11: So the next time you see a stray cat on the streets or in your garbage, remember they did not ask to be put on the streets. They are only trying to survive on the resouces available to them. Have a heart.