Wednesday, October 16, 2013

National Feral Cat Day



There is a difference between feral cats &
stray cats, though they both have similar 
needs. Strays may interact with people.
Feral cats are "wild", often unable to be 
tamed, and living in groups or colonies.
Please use caution when dealing with 
feral cats and kittensSeek assistance.
They need more than food. They need 
medical assistance such as health checks,
testing, spay/neuter, and vaccinations.
Many organizations now offer specialized
programs in dealing with feral cats.
You can help make a difference.

To help prevent this from happening,
please spay and neuter your own pets.
 Also, please keep your pets inside your 
home where they remain safe from loss,
harm, injury, and possible disease.
You can be part of the solution.

For more information contact: 

33 comments:

  1. how very sad about the statistics of turning them over to a shelter.

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    1. I agree. People need to find ways to get involved, more than just feeding them. That doesn't solve the (in)breeding, disease, and fatalities. There are solutions; we all need to care.

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  2. Good advice, feral cats need our love and help!

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    1. You know this is a burden on my heart. Decades of rescue has shown me the realities. We need to intervene in whatever way we can. Organizations like Alley Cat Allies can help find ways.

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  3. Thank you for posting about National Feral Cat Day, McGuffy Ann. It's so important to share this information about ferals and the need for TNR programs.

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    1. For decades this is most of the rescue work that we did. We saved or helped as many as we could...and will continue to. We have taken in many ferals, as well as strays. (There is a difference!) This is something near and dear to our hearts. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. My hope is to enlist others to help.

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  5. Great information. I love cats. We found a wild population of cats once at an abandoned house. We did not have the ability to help nor are their groups in our area designed to help. We went back again and they were all goine. I love cats and wish I could have done something. ;(

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    1. Contact national organizations, like Alley Cat Allies. They often have local chapters or networking. Please never give up.

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  6. We love Alley Catg Allies and really appreciate the work that they do. I'm sure somewhere in our city there are feral cats, but we don't have any in our neighborhood. and never have had.

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    1. We have cared for both strays and ferals for decades. While there is no current feral (or stray) problem in our neighbourhood (for a few years now), I still am involved in other areas of this issue. It is important to me.

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  7. Most of the kittens i end up bottle raising are from feral mamas that get run over, or abandon them. It breaks my heard to see both stray and feral cats.

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    1. That has always been the case with me, as well. I am always happy to do it, though. If I can help, I will. Yes, stray and feral cats are that way because of humans; it breaks my heart.

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    1. It is, Patty. So many cats have nothing, no one...and it continues because of people.

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  9. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this. Katie didn't blog nor did she go to many blogs to learn that today is so important a day. If she had, she too would have spread the word.

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  10. Thanks for clarifying the difference between feral and stray cats. I wasn't quite sure at which point we call them a feral cat.
    Ann, you are such a great advocate for those needy creatures.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I only do what I feel I am lead to do. I truly feel I am meant to advocate for those who cannot. Critters have added so much to my life, and been there when I needed someone...I owe them...I love them.

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  11. Thanks for posting this today. We know lots of others read your blog besides us crazy kitty bloggers, so we hope some folks who didn't know anything about ferals read this. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. I am always learning, and believe in sharing what I learn. That is how we can make a difference and create a better world, for everyone.

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  12. This kind of information always makes a good post. I hope if people just keep putting it out there (the way you do) that some inroads will be made in helping these wonderful populations of cats. My heart aches when I think of them ...

    Andrea

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    1. Our neighbourhood was a feral colony twenty+ years ago. We greatly took it under control, rescuing, socializing, adopting, relocating, whatever we could do. It was a constant labour of love. There were (and still is) an occasional stray or "outdoor" cat. It is my hope & wish that all cats have homes, inside, eventually.

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  13. It breaks my heart when I see feral cats..but fortunately so many people are now involved with TNR

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    1. Both strays and ferals break my heart, which is why we have worked with them for over 35 years. TNR does work, but it is not an easy solution either. We need to totally break the cycle.

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  14. love that everyone is spreading the message! Great info!

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    1. It takes a village, or community. We have dealt hands on with ferals and strays for decades. It is a labour of love. The more we can get the word out, the more hands will reach out. That moves us.

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  15. Learn something new every day! Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely be mindful of this from now on!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. Learning is good. I try to learn and share what I can! We all benefit.

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  16. I knew a person who had problems with this. He trapped them and each month he would take one to the vet. After spaying/neutering he released them. He left food out but was never able to touch them.

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    1. That is the TNR program at work. Bless his heart for doing that. Ferals just cannot allow themselves to trust. Their survival instinct is very acute.

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  17. Thanks for spreading the word and also thanks for all the work you have done for the kitties in your area. It is an uphill battle but we can make a difference. In the past five years our group has spayed/neutered about 3,000 cats in our area. It started out slow but is building each year. We also do low cost to help those who don't have the money for a vet. Most of these folks let their cats outside to add to the problem so this was our solution. Most of the feral colonies we do have caretakers. Sometimes if we can get the kittens young enough we have volunteers who will tame them down so they can be adopted out. Keep up the good work.

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