How to Help Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood
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How to Help Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood

Some different ways to help feral cats locally.

I have 4 house cats and 30 feral cats that we feed daily outside. I only started with one indoor cat but some female cat started coming around our property with her boyfriend and began making babies. Ever since we found one of her kittens killed by a predator we have been adopting the light colored ones and feeding the rest. The lighter ones seem to stand out like a sore thumb in the wild. The darker colored kittens actually do quite well outdoors. They all sleep in our garage plus we feed them lunch and dinner every night. It's amazing how the outdoor kittens have bonded with us, The mother and father are great parents but they are feral to the core however the kittens are super friendly and loving. They allow us to pet them, hold them and hand feed them. It's such a rewarding experience to help feral cats, I wish everyone would do it.

Below is Moxie one of the light colored feral cats that we brought into our home.

a feral cat that we took in

I hope that one day I will be able to somehow trap the mother in order to get her fixed but she is very elusive. The father is not very trusting either but we will still try. I do neuter each kitty that we take into our home. Feeding feral cats is not as expensive as it may seem. They are appreciative of any morsel that you can spare. We do give them cat food but we also give them leftovers from our dinner. We just make extra food as we are preparing our own. I doesn't take any extra effort and they will eat just about anything.

Here is a photo of my son feeding some leftovers to the cats.

My son feeding some leftovers to the feral cats

Below are the feral cats that live on our property. We feed and take care of them daily. There is a mother and 3 younger kittens, (not pictured) a father and 4 kittens. This is the litter that our youngest cat, Moxie came from. Moxie is our white indoor cat. Moxie was so white that she would not have lasted very long as a wild cat so we took her in. The cat in the back is Boots and then from left to right we have Wussy (the Dad), Smoke, Ellie and Yellow Eyes. All cat names are courtesy of my son Dustin.

feral cats

My son and I also are big into charity work. I may not have a lot of money to donate but I do donate my time instead. I volunteer with my son (he is 6, I am teaching him early) at our local no-kill animal shelter. So even if you are not blessed with a family of feral cats showing up on your doorstep there are still other ways to help some furry friends. There are also a few click to donate sites that you can visit daily on the computer. Every time you click to visit these sites they will donate kibble to animal shelters in order to feed cats.

This is another kitten that we brought in.

cat, kitten, himalayan

Cats are very sweet and deserve all the help you can give them. I hope that someone reading this will find it in their heart to feed an unfortunate kitty. They will appreciate it more than you know.

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Comments (12)

Hi Rachel, you and your family have big hearts. We had a couple of feral cats - one of them lasted a year and a half until a big raccoon was seen in our yard and we never saw the feral again. She was a tuxedo cat - adorable - and we did trap her in the carrier when she was growing - we just put her food in there and she got use to going in there to eat it. My husband concocted a string that he could pull and the door closed. She wasn't happy, but we took her to the clinic and for $80 she was spayed (she had 6 kittens in her that would have probably died or ended up in the pound and put to sleep) and she got her shots - rabies and distemper. Since feral cats hang around and are half-socialized, if any child attempts to pet it, they could get scratched and the cats could carry rabies. Especially if raccoons are around. It's too much of a risk with all the kids we have around our hood. She was fine afterwards but too bad the old raccoon showed up - first one we saw in 4 year and haven't seen it since.

We don't get feral cats here but when I was on holiday in Spain there were five feral cats outside the hotel, and they soon got used to idea that I would go each morning to the shop, buy cat food and feed them. They waited for me. I must admit that I worried about them when I left but they have probably found someone else to feed them.

Thank God for people like you Rachel :-) Australia has an estimated 12 million feral cat population..it did not happen overnight; the problem has been worsening for decades. No one cared one way or the other about these cats until someone claimed that cats were responsible for the near-extinction of certain species(there is no study that concludes this to be true, including studies carried out by the Australian government.) Cats are practically demonized here. This article is a wonderful resource for people who want to help manage the feral cat problem effectively and the information comes straight from the horse's mouth. Keep up the good work Rachel and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Excellent write :)!!

I love it! We have been helping and adopting feral cats for years. We even name them all. Besides taking them in, we help find the ones that become friendlier homes. It's great fun! Keep up the wonderful work.

Thank you so much! Don, I have named them all too and a couple even come when they are called. The mother cat just had another litter of 6, she seems to give birth every 3 months. We are still actively trying to catch her so that we can bring her to the vet to be fixed but so far no luck. I have an appointment for her to get fixed next week but if I can't catch her by then I'll just bring in one of her daughters instead. Eventually I hope to get them all, food is becoming expensive.

Michelle Lee Stewart

I have too many feral cats hanging around my neighborhood thanks to a very nasty couple of people in our street who started with 11 cats. Didn't bother to get any of them de-sexed, didn't bother to feed them either, so most of them have gone wild and are now breeding out-of-control. I took in 3 beautiful wild kittens. ! male, who's now 1 year old, and his 2 younger sisters. I love them very much. Sadly we had to send their parents off to the S.P.C.A. because they were spreading disease and attacking the other cats. I also have 2 perfect pure Siamese Seal Points. I have a passion for all cats.

Michelle Lee Stewart

I've appreciated seeing those adorable photos of your cats. Isn't that little white with a dash of ginger a real little sweetie. I'de love to meet more people who are passionate about cats.

Michelle in New Zealand michelle_lee@xtra.co.nz

Thanks so much! That white one has grown up to be such a beautiful adult cat. She has long soft white hair, a huge bushy tail and crystal blue eyes. I still can't believe that she was one of the feral kittens. They are all beautiful in my eyes it's just nice to see a feral cat that is just every bit as gorgeous as a $300.00 pure bred cat from a breeder. I wish more people would understand that and adopt kitties that need homes rather than buy them.

How interesting Rachel, fortunately we dont have this problem in the U.K, but I have seen many sorry cases of feral cats in Meditteranean countries. Well done to you and your family for your time and care to them.

Thank you for what you do. I have two or three that live under my shed. I think they actually belong to two different neighbors and the cats fight. I really worry that they will get an infected wound. They will not come to me.

Rachel, this was an amazing article! How cool of you to take care of these cats - not to mention trying to curb the problem by getting the mom spayed (good luck catching her). You're also instilling great values in your son early in life. Thanks for sharing the link to sites that take food donations too.

Great discussion and very cute images. You must be very kind to look after all of these cats.

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