Chances are if you live in a rural or even suburban environment, you live close to feral cats – skittish, roughened wild cats that may look like they want some human help, just to run away when approached. These cats are not tame and in no way eager 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 end up surrounded by those untamed creatures, you have many alternatives. One, you could leave them be and claim they are simply not your problem. This is a favored option for many but by no means a good one. There are over 70 million feral cats in the U.S.A. alone and scientists rightly blame the extinction of thirty-three species of bird on that huge variety of cats: cats who hunt, kill and eat all sorts of birds, rodents and reptiles. This overpopulation could quickly result in the extinction of different birds and maybe 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 choice would be to start feeding them. This is a much better option, but still not ideal as your third choice, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting a homemade shelter for them is a good idea – cats that aren’t hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are a lot more likely to wind up empty-pawed following the hunt. But this also leads to several other issues: spreading diseases and overpopulation. In turn, diseases can be spread to the unsuspecting owners when they are animal interacts with them. The illnesses can lead to death in some occasions, and grief follows after an animal’s death on account of the sicknesses.
In addition to this, cats are like rabbits when it comes to replicating and when none of the cats are sterilized, there’ll be kittens. This adds to the population, increasing the risk factor of all the earlier mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you would also have to increase the food you put out for the animals daily due to the extra mouths to feed. You would also be given the job of taming and adopting the kittens out – and just given a certain window of time to do this.
Mims Squirrel Removal entailed trapping the cats using humane, catch-and-release traps prior to getting them releasing them . This eliminates almost all of the issues with having feral cats around your yard. Now that there are neutered, they won’t be having any more kittens, they’ll be vaccinated and dewormed so they won’t spread parasites or diseases, and they won’t feel the need to spray their land as much.
Don’t be afraid to receive 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 that they are well-fed. This boosts their immune system also, making them less likely to contract potential sicknesses that aren’t eliminated by vaccines or deworming. And now that they are feeding daily, they are not as inclined to bother so much with hunting.
Feral cats are not bad. They help keep mice away from the barn, are interesting to watch and all they need is a bowl of food daily and space to be crazy, free-roaming cats. All you have to do is give them that opportunity!