So what do you do if you want to help a feral cat or colony in your community?
- Be an advocate! Help educate your neighbors on how to safely deter ferals from coming in to their yard or how they can help without calling the local animal control.
- Start feeding – make sure you feed at the same time of day in the same area and only enough food for them to finish in one sitting. Make sure you remove the food after 30 minutes.
- Provide an outdoor shelter.
- Trap-Neuter-Return – Use a drop trap to safely catch the cat and then work with a veterinary practice that works with ferals, like Just Cats Clinic, to perform a spay/neuter and give vaccinations. Afterwards you can safely return the cat outdoors. Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective and humane way to help stabilize and care for feral cat populations.
Remember, if you have never worked with caring for a feral colony or cat before, contact Alley Cat Allies for tips to ensure your safety and the cat’s. For additional information and helpful resources, visit Alley Cat Allies