Chances are if you live in a rural or even suburban surroundings, you live near feral cats – skittish, roughened wild cats which may look like they need some human help, only to run away when approached (Learn More Here). These cats are not tame and in no way willing to be a house cat and are perfectly capable of living outside on their own, whether it damages some of the ecosystems or not.
If you find yourself surrounded by those untamed creatures, you have many alternatives. One, you could leave them claim they are simply not your problem. This is a favored solution 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, reptiles and rodents. This overpopulation could quickly lead to the extinction of different birds and perhaps even some prey mammals. Plus, who would like the reek of a feral cat spraying on its land underneath and around their carport? Yuck.
The second option would be to begin feeding them. This is a better option, but still not perfect as your third option, which we will discuss in a minute. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting out a homemade shelter for them is a good idea – cats that are not hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are far more likely to wind up empty-pawed following the hunt. But this also leads to several different problems: spreading diseases and overpopulation. 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 due to the sicknesses.
This adds to the population, increasing the risk factor of the earlier mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you would also need to raise the food you put out for the animals daily because of the additional mouths to feed. You would also be given the task of taming and adopting the kittens out – and only given a certain window of time to do this.
This entailed trapping the cats using humane, catch-and-release traps prior to getting them sterilized and releasing them . This eliminates almost all the issues with having feral cats around your yard. Now that there are neutered, they won’t be having any more kittens, they will be vaccinated and dewormed so that they won’t spread diseases or parasites, and they won’t feel the need to spray their territory as much.
Do not be afraid to get your local shelter or the community involved!
That’s where you start feeding the cats. Keeping them fed a couple of times a day ensures they are well-fed. This boosts their immune system also, which makes them less likely to contract potential sicknesses that are not eliminated by vaccines or deworming. And now that they are feeding daily, they are less likely to bother so much with searching.
Feral cats aren’t bad. They help keep mice away from your barn, are interesting to watch and all they require is a bowl of food daily and space to be crazy, free-roaming cats. All you have to do is give them that opportunity!