About Feral Cats from Alley Cat Allies
A feral cat is not socialized
Either she was born outside and never lived with humans, or she is a companion cat who has strayed
from home and over time has become unsocialized to humans.
Feral cats should not be taken to animal control pounds and shelters.
cats’ needs are not met by the current animal control and shelter system. Feral cats live outside, but are killed in
shelters. Even no-kill shelters are not able to place feral cats in homes.
Feral kittens can be adopted.
Feral kittens can often be adopted
into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. This is a critical window, and if they aren’t handled in time,
they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.
cats can have the same lifespan as companion cats.
And they are just as healthy, too. The incidence of disease
in feral cats is just as low as in companion cats. They live healthy, natural lives on their own, content in their outdoor
Humans are the
cause of wildlife depletion.
Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of
natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought — not feral cats.
“Catch and kill” doesn’t work.
It is an endless, cruel cycle and is extremely costly to taxpayers. Cats choose to reside in locations for a reason: there
is a food source (intended or not) and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, survivors breed to capacity or new
cats move in. This “vacuum effect” is well documented.
Trap-Neuter-Return does work.
No more kittens. Their numbers
gradually go down and their lives are improved. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating, such as yowling or fighting,
stop. The cats are also vaccinated. This program creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.