Feral Cats Are Just As Healthy As Owned Cats!

Most feral cats enjoy excellent health and are more likely to be infected with disease than house cats. In fact, house cats and feral cats contract FeLV and FIV at an equally low rate of about 4%.

Viruses

FeLV and FIV Are Not the Number One Killer of Cats!

Kitten mortality and treatable diseases are also serious health threats. But Animal Control agencies and shelters nationwide are killing healthy cats – owned, stray & feral – at alarming rates.

Spaying and Neutering Prevent the Spread of Viruses in all Cats

Spaying and neutering a feral cat colony creates a healthy, stabilized population. Neutering reduces or eliminating the primary mode of virus transmission, fighting and over breeding. Cats already infected pose little risk to other cats–indoor and out.

Cats that Test Positive Can Live Healthy, Symptom Free Lives

Veterinarians frequently suggest euthanizing FIV positive cats, but to many of these cats can live symptom-free for years. FeLV positive cats may remain in apparent good health for many months, although most succumb to the disease. Also. FIV & FeLV tests can be unreliable. Cats testing positive should be retested!

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

FeLV is a cancer causing virus that is transmitted from cat the cat through fighting or meeting. FeLV cannot survive for long outside of a cats body and is easily destroyed with the most disinfectants and detergents.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

FIV suppresses a cats immune system. It is spread through deep bite wounds. Because sterilized cats fight much less than intact cats, neutered FIV positive cats generally live safely with uninfected cats both in and outdoors. But, while the risk of transmitting the virus to another cat is very low, it is not nonexistent.

The American Association of feline practitioners recommends against routine euthanasia of healthy FeLV and FIV positive cats!

Humans Cannot Catch or Transmit FeLV & FIV

FeLV and FIV are incurable viruses that only affect cats. Humans cannot catch or transmit them.

Please note: Although we care for community cats (strays) with FeLV and FIV, 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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