About Feral Cats
what is a feral cat?
A feral cat is one who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people has diminished over time and survives on her own outdoors. A stray is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her indoor home, as well as most human contact and dependence.
Strays can be adopted into homes, but feral cats are not socialized to people and are happy living outdoors.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped, then returned to their outdoor home. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony population stabilizes-no more kittens! TNR improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.
The word “eartip” is used to describe when a small portion of the tip of a feral cat’s left ear is surgically removed during neuter surgery, to denote that the cat has been neutered and vaccinated. Eartipping is done while the cat is anesthetized and is not painful for the cat. Eartipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats from a distance, to make sure they are not trapped or undergo anesthesia a second time.
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We are seeking SAFE, OUTDOOR HOMES - stables, ranches, farms, nurseries or barns to relocate healthy, sterilized cats in desperate need of new outdoor homes. Some of the cats are feral (semi-wild), some are friendly. All vet care has been given. You will need to provide daily food, water, protection from the elements and long-term care. The cats will provide rodent removal. For more information, please email Spay n Save.