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What is a feral cat? A feral cat is a wild cat that avoids interactions with humans and are the product of irresponsible human behaviour. One of the biggest issues facing our province is the abandonment of pets. Most dumped pets will die within a year due to sickness, starvation, predators, accidents or cruelty at the hands of humans.
If your reason for not wanting to keep your cat is due to it having behavioural problems, difficulty adapting to a new pet/person in the home, consider seeking professional advice/veterinary care to resolve the problem. The next best option is to surrender your cat to a local shelter or rescue.
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Spay/Neuter Your Cat! This stops behaviour issues such as yowling, spraying, and fighting and there are no new litters of unwanted kittens.
Don’t Allow Your Pet to Roam Outdoors. Unaltered (not spayed/neutered) cats are often allowed to roam freely. These cats soon have litters of kittens, kittens who have little or no human contact, hence a feral cat.
Put a Collar and Identification/Microchip Your Cat. Sadly, less than 5% of cats who end up in shelters are reunited with their families.
Never Abandon a Cat! Dumping or abandoning animals is an offence and can lead to fines and potential imprisonment.
Be a Hero and Help a Cat in Need. Humanely trap cats in a colony. Take the cats in their traps to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Return the cats to their original colony site. This is known as Trap-Neuter-Return. Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. Feral cats do not do well in shelter systems and often, if deemed unadoptable, may be euthanized.
Set a feeding schedule and feed the cats at the same time and place every day. Volunteer your time to make shelters so that cats and kittens have a safe refuge from the elements and predators.
Please, Dump Your Garbage, Not Your Pets!
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