What Are Feral Cats?
A feral cat is a domestic cat that was lost or abandoned and has reverted to a wild state, or a cat that was born to a stray or feral mother and had little or no human contact. Adult feral cats are usually impossible to tame and are not suited to living with people. They live in family groups called colonies that form near a source of food and shelter. Feral cat colonies can be found behind shopping area, in alleys, on golf courses, and in rural areas. The Petsmart Foundation estimates there are 12,000 feral and stray cats in the seven towns we service. TNR for all these cats would cost $1.2 million!
A stray cat is a domestic cat that strayed from home and became lost or was abandoned. Because a stray cat was once a companion animal, he or she can usually be resocialized and placed in an adoptive home.
It is estimated there are millions of feral cats in the United States. The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce is three per year. The average number of kittens in a litter is four to six. One fertile cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in seven years!
What Is TNR?
Trap, Neuter, Return is the most humane method of managing feral cat overpopulation and improving the quality of life for feral felines. It has been practiced in Europe and the US for several decades, and research as well as anecdotal evidence indicates that it offers many advantages over the more traditional method of feral cat "control"euthanasia.
Removing and killing (or eradicating) feral cats, or moving feral colonies, does not reduce feral cat populations. Instead, it provides space for more cats to move in and begin the breeding process again. Unspayed feral female cats spend most of their lives pregnant and hungry, and so will the female kittens that survive. Unneutered tomcats roam to find?and fight to win?mates and often suffer debilitating wounds in the process. And within their first year, half of all kittens born in feral colonies die.
Paws Patrol believes TNR is the solution which leads to colony stability in the short-term and gradual colony reduction.
There is a nominal fee to help cover the medical costs incurred for feral and stray cats. For nonbusinesses, the charge will be $10 for each of the first 5 cats during the year; over 5 cats, there is no charge. For businesses, the cost is $15 per cat if the cat is being returned to the business, and $25 per cat, up to 5 cats this year, if it MUST be relocated.