What is a feral cat?
A cat that cannot be handled by people is considered feral. They live in neighborhoods, industrial area, alleys, anywhere they can find food.
Your neighbor’s cat that they left behind when they moved is probably not feral. However, if she has kittens and raises them without human contact, they will be feral. And so on… and on…
The ASPCA estimates there are tens of millions of feral cats in the US.
What can we do about feral cats?
Simply removing feral cats from an area does not work. Other cats will come. Feral cat rescuers believe in T-N-R which stands for Trap-Neuter-Return. The idea is to fix the feral cats and return them to their place, so that they will keep other cats from coming but not keep reproducing. You can see more information about T-N-R at the Neighborhood Cats web site.
Isn’t there someone I can call to come take the cats away?
Unfortunately, no. Animal control does not have resources to trap feral cats. When they are picked up, they are usually euthanized as there is little chance they can be adopted.
Does your clinic spay & neuter feral cats?
Absolutely! Our doctors are very experienced with feral cats.
- For their safety and ours, feral cats MUST be in a trap
Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Feral Trap Rental: Anaheim Feed 1730 Lemon St. Anaheim, CA 92801 (714) 992-2012
OC Animal Care Spay-Neuter-Release Program: (714) 935-6848
FixNation: offers low cost spay-neuter for feral cats by appointment in Los Angeles.
Alley Cat Allies: a national organization dedicated to feral cats.
Feral Cat Caretakers: organization in Los Angeles supporting feral cat caretakers. Great information and resources.
OC Animal Allies (formerly OCSPCA): provides vouchers to cover the cost of spay/neuter for feral cats.
ASPCA: has great information about feral cats, also información en español acerca de los gatos salvajes.