What Is A Feral Cat
A feral cat is a non-domesticated cat. They live outdoors and have little or no human contact. They were born outside and only know how to live wild. A stray cat is a lost or a cat that was once domesticated. These cats have had some sort of human contact, unlike the feral cat. Often victims of irresponsible, thoughtless and often cruel human behavior. Most ferals live fewer than two or three years in unsupported environments.
Most communities have set up a local TNR (Trap Neuter and Release) program. This prevents the cat colonies from growing. A feral cat can reproduce up 180 kittens in its one lifetime. So it’s important for us to help them out. We have a couple of resources in our area that help and even lend out traps so that you can trap them. Most places rely on fundraising and awareness to help cover the vet costs for this service. Some vets donate their interns and time to help as well.
What to do if you find a Feral Cat
Some municipalities tend to have bylaws that do not allow feeding wild animals. You can, however, find a local rescue to help. Our local Humane Society does have a TNR program. You can take a course on how to care for a cat colony. The first thing first is to trap them and find a place where they TNR Feral Cats. You will be expected to release them back. As a lot of cats brought in are too Feral for rehabilitation. You will be expected to do some aftercare. Once released back to their environment, they will not be able to reproduce. They will also have a microchip and rabies shots. This is the first step in helping out a feral cat.
I am going to redirect you to a page full of resources and everything you need to care for a Feral Cat and other resources. The Ontario SPCA has a ton of information you will find helpful. So do please visit the site. You can always find a Rescue place as well. We have a few in our GTA area. When we first started helping the local Feral Cats in our community. There were no resources like this. That was almost 10 years ago. So rather than turning the cheek, there is a lot of ways to help. Directly or Indirectly. Click on the link under the video to go to their Feral Cat Section on their site.
Kitchener Waterloo Area
In the KW area, we have a place called the Kitchener Stray Cat Rescue. They are always in need of donations and volunteers. I have watched them from the beginning of their journey on Facebook. I was trying to find help myself with the feral cat colony in our area. We were able to TNR all the cats this year. There are a few people caring for the colony in our area. I am happy we could be part of making a difference. I got a lot of information and tips from the Kitchener Stray Cat Rescue. So don’t be afraid to reach out and help the cats that need help. If you can’t she will do all she can to help. You can also find them on Facebook.
You can also purchase a live trap on Amazon. Most TNR clinics will not accept Feral Cats unless they are in a live trap. Not a cat carrier. Also for bait food, I would suggest making a trail of treats to the tuna inside the cage. It worked for us every time. Please watch the video below.
These are people in the Kitchener and Waterloo area doing all they can to help these cats survive and possibly have a second chance at life. They have an amazing story to tell.
Ontario OSPCA has resources to help feed and care for a colony. TNR information and more. Please check out the link. You can also adopt these cats as working cats. The KW Humane Society offers a program for that as well. Please also check out our other article on making a feral cat shelter.