What we do with feral cat colonies is try to trap them, using "hav-a-heart" traps. We do this over a period of time. Try to see if somebody will work a deal with you regarding spaying costs (Humane Society - Animal Allies). Tell them what you're doing, see if they'll help you with low cost Spay/Neuter.
If money is tight, try to have the Females spayed first. Make sure the vet clips one ear (indicating to other people they've been fixed). You should be able to tell right away which ones can be socialized towards people - or the vet will be able to tell you. Some will not be able to adjust to humans. Kittens will socialize more easily than adults.
We then try to find the tamer cats loving homes. You can advertise for free in many papers ('Free pets' section). If we can't socialize or find homes, we release the spayed ones back into the colony, and try to get a volunteer to feed them.
Over-Population Did you know that 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States compared to only 10,000 humans? In six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies. In seven years, one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 cats! There can never be enough homes for all of the animals, unless we work together to reduce animal overpopulation.
According to official county records, thousands of homeless dogs and cats are euthanized every year. What can you do to help prevent this tragedy? You can spay and neuter your pets and encourage your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers to do the same. Spaying and neutering helps your pets live a longer, healthier life. It can reduce the incidences of cancer and many communicable diseases. Altered pets are less likely to bite and roam away from home. Contact your veterinarian today to make an appointment. If you or someone you know would like to have an animal spayed (females) or neutered (males), but cannot afford it, please, contact us, as we may be able to help. You can also sponsor a friend or neighbor’s pet for spay/neuter with their written permission.
In addition to spaying and neutering, as a responsible pet owner you need to protect your animals from some of the extra dangers that they may encounter in a rural community. Animals that bother livestock are sometimes found poisoned or shot. Dogs that run loose, even in their own neighborhood, run the risk of being picked up by "Bunchers" who will sell them to research laboratories. If you have a small dog, cat, or rabbit, watch out for dogs running in a pack, who may attack your animal right in your own yard.
How can you protect your pet? Keep it in your home, on a leash or in a fenced yard at all times. Make sure that your pet has a collar with a rabies tag and a tag with your phone number and "reward" on it. Have your pet "micro chipped" so that it can be identified even without the collar. Develop a neighborhood watch for strange trucks and vans in your area. If you must find a new home for your animal, contact the Humane Society or place an ad in the newspaper and charge a fee. Never place a "free to a good home" ad in the newspaper, because 'Bunchers' answer them. Get a rabies shot for your pet every year since it could be bitten by a rabid wild animal like a raccoon. Give your pet a heart-worm pill every month, because living in a lake community means more mosquitoes, who carry heart-worm disease.
Feral Cat Colonies
What is a feral cat colony? A feral colony is a social group of cats who avoid human contact, and breed with each other to create a growing population of homeless cats.
They are born outdoors and usually are hidden by their mothers; they have little or no human contact in the formative months. As they are often nocturnal, you may not be aware of their presence or total colony size.
You might be aware of the spraying, nighttime mating, and the strong smell of urine from the intact males. Adult feral cats are not good candidates for adoption, unless someone is willing to spend considerable time with them... Feral kittens, however, can be socialized to live with humans if they are taken from a feral colony before they are about twelve weeks old.
What you can do for a feral cat colony problem?
Try and line up a few people that would interested in trapping and transporting the cats to a vet for spay/neutering, and "ear tipping" (indicates the cat has been fixed). Ask your local Humane Society where you can borrow traps (or local vet). Spay/Neuter costs vary. Try your local Humane Society for cost before setting up appointments.
Line up somebody that would be able to help feed the colony. Once the cats are 'fixed,' release them back into their colony.
Pet Haven may be able to help with the spay/neuter costs on a limited basis. Email me for more information at the following link: Email
What do I do if I trap an animal? - Cover the cage with a blanket or towel. This will calm the animal.