Helping Feral Cats

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is an unowned, free-roaming, outdoor cat who has had little or no contact with people during its life. These cats often live with other ferals in groups called colonies.

How is a feral cat different from a stray?

A stray cat is used to human contact and proximity and may have been someone’s pet at one time. Lost or abandoned, stray cats are homeless. While some may need an adjustment period, many strays are friendly and can become pets once again. Some of Pet Pride’s cats are rescued strays just waiting for their forever homes.

Does Pet Pride accept feral cats for admission?

No, but we can direct you to local organizations that assist with trapping and caring for feral cats. Contact us. Pet Pride’s mission is to rescue and care for homeless cats and place them in permanent adoptive homes. For feral cats, their home is the outdoors. They are typically fearful of people and are unlikely to do well in a shelter or a home environment. Kittens born to feral mothers may be socialized by humans, however, provided the process begins when they are young. Pet Pride has successfully rescued, socialized, and homed once-feral kittens.

What is the best way to help feral cats?

Trap-neuter-return, or TNR, is endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and many other animal welfare organizations as an effective and humane way of engaging with feral cats. The cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, ear tipped, and returned to their outdoor homes. TNVR, or trap-neuter-vaccinate-return, adds rabies vaccination as a step in the process. This  contributes to a healthier life for the cats and makes them better neighbors by decreasing behaviors such as yowling, spraying, and fighting that are typical of unaltered mating cats.

Pet Pride can direct you to local organizations that assist with trapping and caring for feral cats.  Contact us.

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