Community Cat Companions

What is a Feral?

What is a Feral Cat?

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species. They live in groups or “colonies” and have strong social bonds with the other members of the colony. They have had little or no exposure to humans and typically avoid contact. Therefore, feral cats are not good candidates for adoption. However, feral kittens that are socialized at an early age are adoptable.

Feral cats are just as healthy as pet cats and do not carry disease or threaten people in any way. They can live full and healthy lives outdoors.

Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) benefits not only the cats but also the communities in which they live. Cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped before being returned to their outdoor home. The size of the colony stabilizes with no new additions. Without the stress associated with mating, cats are healthier and the behaviors associated with mating are eliminated. T-N-R is the most effective and humane method of controlling populations of feral cats.

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