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Feral Cats/Stray Cats

    Dealing with feral cats / stray cats is usually a sensitive issue, regarding emotional concerns more so than any other species.  On average there seems to be four major groups of people with regards to the feral cat populations: those who support, or harbor them, those who are opposed to feral cats and want them removed, there is a resolution group, and those who are indifferent to feral cats. We can look at some of these groups and where they stand on the issue and possibly why, in order to provide some insight to the matter surrounding the trouble with stray cats, and why certain measures are the most favorable.

    The people causing the need for delicacy seem to have somehow connected cats to their personal happiness; they have an emotional attachment to cats, which provide them with a sense of fulfillment. Often times they provide either food or shelter for the animals. It is possible for some of these folks to get carried away and hoard stray cats, which in turn creates the worst case of feral cat problems. But on the average strays / feral cats take up residence in a building, or an unused section, and the harborage provider does not want them killed when confronted by concerned citizens of the community. When an issue occurs regarding these feral cats / stray cats, those who harbor them claim non-ownership of the animals. Tension begins to build between neighbors at this point, and those harboring the strays feel victimized when held liable for the feral cat’s behavioral patterns.

    Alternately, the opposing group is made up of the many others who are offended when these same feral cats / stray cats impose unsettling or dangerous conditions to the welfare of their families. Stray cats can use adjoining properties for toilets, upsetting homeowners who not only track the mess into their homes or vehicles, but more importantly those who know the dangers of contracting toxoplasmosis through the contact of cat feces and human membranes, especially when it concerns their children. Some homeowners become disgruntled when feral cats use their properties for hunting grounds, particularly when they enjoy feeding the birds, or show concern for the impact on wildlife altogether. Feral cats also leave territorial markings like scratching on lawn ornaments or porch rails, or even spraying their offensive odor on home entrances and well-polished vehicles. And no pet owner wants a stray cat afflicting harm to their well-loved house cat, costing them great concern as well as veterinary expenses. But most significant is when stray cats threaten families with various direct and indirect diseases, some of which are fatal. When one or more of these issues worry the community, people will agree that something must be done. Someone will confront the cat-harboring neighbor who in turn denies ownership or responsibility.

    The sensitivity of the issue continues to build tension, creating a need for a liaison, a mediator who is educated in the habitats, biological differences, and the well-being of both wild and civilized units for a coexistent possibility. Fortunately, these same organizations must be operated, and management must be educated in order to do so effectively. Inasmuch, education and intelligence permits the separation of emotion from decision making; therefore, allowing reason and practical knowledge to provide solutions to the feral cat issue. These folks operating the organizations are part of the resolution group, they care about the animals, and work toward resolving the overpopulation and run amuck of feral cats / stray cats and the hazards they lay on the community.

     One of the better and most innovative developments toward the feral cat issue is the Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) project created by the organizations brought on by the tension between those conflicted by feral cats / stray cats and those who harbor them.  The (TNR) project does just what is says; however, there are more benefits than immediately presumed. While at the vet getting neutered, the feral cat can also get its shots, and its ear clipped, indicating care for the animal, as well as its safety presentation to the neighborhood. Additionally, a fixed feral cat will claim its territory, reduce spraying, no longer procreate, which in itself reduces fighting and partnering as well. The (TNR) project has proven successful on many occasions.

    Additional measures will need to be taken in order to reduce other nuisances, such as climbing on vehicles, capturing wildlife, or scratching surfaces, but fortunately, it will usually only be one feral cat, not many. The harborage provider of the strays may not have all of them around at once anymore, but can continue to appreciate his or her adored creature without the discontent projected because of them.  Altogether, small sacrifices will be made to satisfy the two opposing groups, but the majority of the tension can be swayed, and a myriad of attributes are provided simultaneously.

    As it happens to be, not all situations can be remedied so easily. There are occasions, such as the worst case scenario as explained earlier, where the animals, natural environment, and community are so greatly afflicted that it is in the all-around best interest to have the animal(s) humanely removed. That is unless considerable contributions favor veterinary procedures. 

C.H. ANIMAL CONTROL is experienced with capturing feral cats / stray cats, and can also manage the (TNR) project. Depending on the purchase of services, C.H. ANIMAL CONTROL can operate as a liaison, or in discretion to assist with eliminating tension, and or work with the entire community to resolve the feral cat issue. In order to capture the cats for (TNR), they must not be collared, tamed, or have clipped ears; otherwise, they are already cared for appropriately, and therefore, alternate methods must be incorporated to assist with their nuisance behavior.  C.H. ANIMAL CONTROL can assist with correcting such behavioral patterns as well.

Whatever your feral cat issue may be, C.H. ANIMAL CONTROL is experienced with controlling feral cats and can resolve your nuisance stray cat problem.

  This is a neighborhood cat, caught prowling around.

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