What to Do With Feral Cats In Your Neighborhood

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Feral cats can be very common. If you see feral cats in your neighborhood or near your home, here’s what you may be able to do (and not do) to make sure the cats, your own pets, and any nearby humans all stay safe and disease-free.  

What Is A Feral Cat? 

A feral cat is a domestic cat that does not have an owner and lives outside; typically, feral cats don’t want anything to do with humans. Feral cats are distinct from stray cats — whereas stray cats once had an owner but became lost at some point, feral cats were born and grew up in the wild. Stray cats might give birth to a new generation of feral cats. 

Do Not Feed Feral Cats

PETA does not recommend feeding feral cats, as this often exacerbates the problem — feeding ferals can keep them healthy, meaning they keep giving birth to kittens and the cycle of disease and suffering continues. Instead, the goal should be to get feral cats off the street.  

How You Can Help

If there aren’t feral cats in your neighborhood or you are not able to help, there are other ways you can help feral cats around the country. Consider donating financially to an organization that spays and neuters feral cats, or help raise awareness about the best methods to care for feral cats.

And finally, keeping up with your cat's well-being regularly will help keep your furry friend safe. Spaying and neutering your own pet cats is essential so you don’t contribute to the problem. Also keeping up with your furry friends' vaccinations and vet visits will allow you to be sure your pet is healthy year-round.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.   

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