Are you aware that 2 cats in seven years can produce 420,000 offspring!
A feral trapper, Mickie, for Lifeline Animal Project in Avondale Estates, Georgia put together this video. sort of "A Day In The Life of a feral Cat." It is very moving, very touching and very sad. Please don't forget the homeless animals in your neighborhoods. They ALL need our help... each day.
Astonishing isn’t it, which is why I started working with kitten rescue and TNR teams. So many people are unaware of the overwhelming stray and feral cat population here in Los Angeles. Neighborhoods are full of homeless pets wandering around and feral (wild) cats living anywhere they can find food.
Cats and young kittens actually DO NOT fend well for themselves in the city. Most die due to starvation, dehydration, flea anemia, illness and injury from animal and PEOPLE attacks. They are run over by cars, shot at, thrown from windows and baby kittens are sealed up in boxes and left to suffocate on the side of the road or in a dumpster. We just had to rescue a 1 day old kitten that was put in a plastic zip-lock bag and left to die in the garbage can! Isn’t it time we do something to help?
Here is some great information about feral cats and rescue programs.
About Stray and Feral Cats: (adapted from www.alleycats.org)
- Feral cats are “wild” cats that have never had human contact or socialization. They live in our parks, alleyways, backyards, dumpsters, farmyards, campuses and abandoned buildings etc. These cats are untamed and cannot be touched by humans making it very difficult to adopt them into a good home.
- Stray cats were “abandoned” by human families or simply lost. Stray cats must revert to feral ways in order to survive. Stray cats, however, may be socialized again and adopted into homes.
- Stray and feral cats band together in groups called “colonies.” They make homes wherever they can find food. Mothers teach their kittens to avoid humans and to defend themselves. Their numbers steadily increase, even if meager scraps are all the food they can find. Many will die an early death.
- Stray and Feral Kittens can be caught and tamed easily when they are less than 16 weeks of age. The older they are the more difficult it is to remove the survival instinct in them. Many kittens are found abandoned because the mommy cat was killed, trapped or abused. Very few survive on their own and fall prey to other animals, illness and starvation.
- TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) is a comprehensive plan where entire feral colonies are humanely trapped and then evaluated, vaccinated and neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and cats that are young enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers.
- Removing and killing feral cats does not reduce feral cat populations. It only provides space for more cats to move in and start the breeding process again. Un-spayed, feral female cats spend most of their lives pregnant and hungry. Un-neutered tomcats roam and fight to win their mates, often suffering debilitating wounds in the process. Half of all kittens born in feral colonies die within their first year.
There are currently 2 cat rescue programs that we are affiliated with and volunteer for regularly.
Fixnation is a spay/neuter clinic currently operating at their wonderful new clinic in Burbank, California. They provide free basic services to trappers for feral cats/kittens that are to be TNRed. They also offer low cost basic services for tame cats/kittens. Appointments are necessary to bring the animals in and they are treated that day. Please call 818-524-2287 for information.
Best Friends/LA Catnippers: (www.bestfriends.org/la)
This is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization providing free spay and neuter services for feral and stray cats only, which are then returned to their colony and looked after by a care giver. The focus is to provide free spay/neuter for "managed colonies." Food, water and shelter are provided to the cats on a daily basis. Best Friends Catnippers does not remove, relocate or exterminate homeless cats, nor do they find homes for cats or kittens. They have free clinics for trappers who are working with feral cats and kittens. They help as many as 150 cats in one day with complete medical care!
Many cats come in sick with a virus or a kitty cold. Often they are injured or missing parts of their body, such as a tail, leg or an eye due to attacks by other animals or getting caught in engine motors. It is so sad to see these beautiful cats living outside in such terrible conditions. We try our best to place them in managed care colonies after they have been released so that they will have food and shelter for the rest of their lives. During the clinic, all cats are treated for illness, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead, given dental and medical treatments and they are lovingly groomed.
Here are a few photos from a busy clinic day working with feral cats and kittens.
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HELP KEEP THE HOMELESS CAT POPULATION DOWN… PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!