What is a feral cat?
A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has not been socialized to humans. In many areas feral cats are now called community cats. A colony of feral/community cats can consist of feral cats, lost cats, stray cats and abandoned cats. A lost or abandoned cat will revert to a feral state as their socialization with people diminishes.
Do you find homes for cats?
No, our organization strictly does TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return)
Do you feed cats?
No, we rely on volunteers to feed the feral cat colonies
Do you relocate cats?
No, the cats are returned to the location they are trapped. If a situation occurs that would make it dangerous for the cats to be returned to the same site as caught we would have to then consider relocating the cats to a suitable location such as a farm or barn.
How often do cats get pregnant?
Cats can get pregnant at 5 months and can have up to 3 litters a year.
At what age should kittens be trapped and neutered?
This question varies with the veterinarians. Many veterinarians practice early age neutering. With this programs kittens are neutered at 2 months or 2 pounds. Not all veterinarians are comfortable with this. For those that are uncomfortable with the early age neutering we like to trap and neuter at 3-4 months.
Why do you tip their ears?
Ear tipping is a universal sign that identifies feral cats as having been sterilized.
Do you have a size limit on a colony that you will work with?
Typically we work on colonies with a minimum of 6 cats or more.
What is TNR?
TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return. Oftentimes people say Trap, Neuter, Release but this in inaccurate. The cats we trap are always returned to the site they were caught. They are never simply released somewhere. Not only is this against Alabama law but it is traumatic for the cats.
Do you ever try to socialize the cats you trap?
When kittens are under 8 weeks old they are still somewhat easy to socialize. Unfortunately foster homes and permanent homes are often difficult to come by. If homes were available we would absolutely take on socializing kittens. Occasionally we do trap a cat at a feral colony that was recently dumped. We would prefer to have homes for these cats also but if no homes are available our only option is to return them.
Why not just euthanize all the cats in an area?
Euthanizing cats in an area is a temporary solution at best. Cats are found where there is shelter and a food source. If all the cats currently in a location are removed other cats would move into the now available location and breed to capacity very quickly. Feral cats are here to stay. When looking at feral colonies, the question should not be how to get rid of them but do I want a colony that breeds or does not breed.