We have 4 families in our village that fail to spay/neuter. This has led to an overpopulation of cats tame & ferral.

How does a Municipality get rid of all these cats? They get into the garbage; there is a strong ammonia smell that's making some neighbors sick; the cats are not vaccinated. Some decline ownership of the cats ( just feed them in their driveway). We are concerned they will infect the cats of responsible owners. What can we do?

Asked by Member 667471 on Aug 6th 2008 in Animal Control
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Izadore (Izzie)

You have a real problem on your hands that will only get worse even if this feral colony of cats maintains it's own population as some say they do. There is a very good chance that they are sick with disease. At the least, they have fleas. Can you contact your local health department or its equivilant? People who feed stray cats think they're helping out, but they are definitely exascerbating the problem and need to be educated about this. Maybe printing up fliers saying "You feed, you breed?" Can you gather the responsible pet owners you wrote about for a meeting? Educate yourself about feral cat colonies, the diseases they can spread and possible solutions. You must have an animal protective agency in or near your city you can contact for help. You will need to enlist help in trapping, neutering and returning the cats who are not diseased and find an agency who will humanely euthanize the ones who are diseased. It's a big job, but one that must be done.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 8/6/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


To add to Izzie's answer, you might also want to uh... gently educate those families that keep unaltered cats about the benefits of spaying and neutering said pets, and see if whatever agency you get involved might toss in some financial help to make it happen (sadly, some owners don't alter their animals because of limited means). Otherwise your feral colony will repopulate regardless of any TNR efforts.

Gracie answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer