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Information on Feral Cats

| November 3, 2010
Information on Feral Cats

Feral cats are a direct result of humans not sterilising their cats, starting many years ago. Cats and kittens ended up on the streets, multiplying even more.

Feral cats are a direct result of humans not sterilising their cats, starting many years ago.  Cats and kittens ended up on the streets, multiplying even more.

These cats and their behaviour are completely misunderstood.  People see them as pests that should be eliminated.  Due to human’s destructive nature, rats’ biggest natural enemy namely owls, are now mostly only found in nature reserves.

At every shopping centre, restaurant, cafeteria, etc., food is thrown away.  This attracks rats and they multiply uncontrollably.  Fortunately, feral cats are also attrackted to the same areas, due to some availability of food.  Therefore, these cats keep the rat population under control.

The “problems” people have with feral cats include spraying, fighting, screaming, multiplying and going into buildings and houses.  This is all typical behaviour of unsterilised, hungry feral cats.  Once they are sterilised and fed, these problems disappear.  Feeding ferals away from a building will keep ferals away from the building.  Ferals do not like humans; they have no desire to be with us.  The only reason why they climb into buildings and houses, is because they are looking for food.  Well-fed feral cats are healthy cats.  Rats and left-over food is not a balanced diet for cats.

We have sterilised many feral colonies all over and urged people to feed them.  At all of these places, humans and cats are living in perfect harmony and both benefit each other.  It has been proven over and over that where ferals are removed, other ferals just move in.

Facts about feral cats:

  • Ferals keep the rat population under control, as rats are attracted to the same areas as ferals; normally where food are thrown away.
  • Where ferals are removed, a void is created and other ferals soon fill that void.
  • A sterilised feral colony will not allow other ferals to move in.
  • Ferals that are forced to live on rats and mice, suffer from malnutrition, as this is not a balanced diet for cats.
  • Feeding ferals will ensure good health and minimise the spreading of diseases.
  • Feeding ferals will not stop them from hunting rats, as hunting is a basic instinct.
  • Ferals pose no threat to humans.
  • Feeding ferals away from a building, will keep them away from the building.
  • Ferals cannot be re-located or re-homed, due to their nature. Removing ferals therefore means killing them.

The ONLY proven way to deal with feral cats is to trap, sterilise, release and feed them!

4paws - To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals. In our urban surroundings, the main categories are: squatter camp animals and feral cats.

To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals. In our urban surroundings, the main categories are: squatter camp animals and feral cats.

Copyright & Credit:
Merinda Brits
Four Paws – We are currently only relying on private donations, but we are also hoping to gain the support of the public sector.  www.4ourpaws.org.za

Photo copyright and courtesy: Davide Guglielmo – stock.xchng

Category: Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources, Feral Cats

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