The Truth About Feral Cats

Are You Feeding Neighborhood Kitties?

If you are feeding stray kitties, or even if kitties are coming to your house to eat your kitties’ food, then it is your responsibility to see that they are spayed or neutered. Even though they aren’t your cats, they are relying on you to survive.

The Facts About Forgotten Felines

Feral Vs. Strays

Often people confuse a truly feral cat with a stray cat. A feral cat is a wild animal that has never had any human contact, and doesn’t want any human contact. A stray cat was once someone’s pet who–through some awful circumstances–has ended up roaming the streets in search of a place to call home. Both feral cats and strays need help to survive: Food, shelter, vet care, etc.

Pawprints On Your Windshield?

Cat poop in your garden? Cat spray on your front door? Cats fighting and howling at night? All of these things happen when you have unaltered cats in your neighborhood. While it may not stop them from walking across your car at night, spaying and neutering the neighborhood cats will stop the fighting, the howling, and the spraying. It will also do the most important thing of all…stop them from reproducing. This year you may see four or five cats, but by the end of the summer you’ll be seeing 15 or 20. It will only get worse until you decide to take action.

Trap / Neuter / Release

While you may insist that these outside cats are “not my cats,” you cannot simply ignore them and make them go away. Animal Control will not alleviate this problem, because they do not trap cats. If you want to limit the overpopulation problem in your neighborhood, take action and start a Trap / Neuter / Release (TNR) Program.

Trap / Neuter / Release is the only way to effectively control over population. Remember this: the cats are there for a reason. Someone abandoned them at some point. Simply moving cats from this environment will not solve the problem, as other cats will come in to take place of the cats removed. A Trap / Neuter / Release program will sterilize all the cats so that those cats well not reproduce, and those existing cats will protect their territory from new, unaltered cats.

Trap / Neuter / Release is easy, and it saves lives. For every unaltered female cat and her offspring on your street, you can count on up to 50 more kittens in the next year. And that is a lot of cats!

Please note: Although we care for community cats (strays) we do not offer medical care for any cat that is brought to us. We can offer advice on these issues only–not medical services.

We feed about 15 feline colonies (anywhere between 2 and 22 cats in a colony) roughly about 20 stops a day. That’s about 700 cats!

This a 365 day, year round job. We start the day preparing food, packing the car, and driving to the cat colonies. In all, it is about 6 hours daily to feed; and around the clock monitoring care for ill cats.
We focus on Palm Beach County, but all of Florida has a large number of feral or stay cats. The cats are behind businesses, restaurants, backyards, parks, EVERYWHERE!
FOOD is our most expensive item, 4000 pounds of each wet food and dry food per month. Other cost goes towards medical care, spaying, and neutering cats for population control.

TNR: Trap, Neuter, Release. We have seen HUGE reductions in cat colony populations, and limiting costs and sick kitties.

Financial donations or dropping off cat food at our drop off location is a HUGE help. You can also apply to be a Feline Feeder through our website under “Job Opportunities.” Spreading the word about our organization by mouth, social media, or any other platform is definitely helpful! Foster or adopt a cat or kitten in need is a great way to get involved as well!
Contact us via email or phone, and we will assist you any way we can. We can attempt to trap the feline to provide care on a one on one basis.
We have over 25 years of experience in TNR, feeding, colony monitoring, adopting out, and medical care for cats.
We have an abundance of information about feral and stray cats on our website! If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us!

Hopefully, we will continue to assist and feed these cats in need. We are always looking for help–whether that is in a form of a donation, volunteering, working with us, or just spreading awareness about FFF. We have seen a drastic reduction in the cat population, so hopefully that will continue to occur, as well.

           If you have any other questions, please contact us

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