What do you do with a bunch of feral cats?
Become a colony caretaker. If you think you can provide ongoing shelter, food, or health care to a group of feral cats, contact your local Humane Society, veterinary hospital, or other animal welfare group to find out how to get started.
What do you do with stray cats outside?
Offer a can of tuna or cat food, a bowl of water and shelter, if possible. But don’t force it. If the cat is feral and puts up a fight, you risk being scratched or bitten. To develop a relationship with a cat, consistently place the food outdoors in a small space that she can access but a larger animal cannot.
Can feral cats find their way back home?
The cat often miraculously finds its way back home, even if it takes months or even years. They determined that one feral cat had a home range of 1,351 acres. Conversely, the mean home range for pet cats in the study was less than 4.9 acres. To handle any of these distances, cats put their incredible senses to work.
Can feral cats be friendly?
Feral cats will attack humans and pets. “Unless they are forced into a situation they cannot escape from, feral cats generally avoid human interactions,” she says, adding that some can even become “friendly” toward caregivers who feed them.
Are feral cats a problem?
Feral cats live a dangerous and short existence because of the threats from fighting, disease, and often traffic. They can rarely be domesticated, and may carry diseases such as toxoplasmosis or cat scratch fever, both of which affect humans.
How do you pick up a cat that doesn’t want to be picked up?
When the cat is calm, you should approach without making direct eye contact. Let the cat sniff you, and then slowly pick it up from behind its shoulders. Gently scoop up its back legs and hold the cat with both arms, pressing it gently to your chest. Don’t try to hold its legs or restrict the cat’s movements.