If you have trouble with the above link, please copy and paste this address directly into your browser: - Sep 2011 ©2003 The Humane Society of the United States. The next Feral Cat Day is October 16, 2003. We attempted to obtain 3 locations per cat per week. This group provides a wide range of information, including sections on feral cat health and feral veterinary protocol. Caring for a feral cat inevitably involves some risk of injury to the cat, to other animals, to persons, or to property. Even if they agree that euthanasia is the right choice, they might be unwilling or unable to do it. Include your address and telephone number.
Whatever the total number of ferals in the United States actually is, bringing that number under control is a daunting task. It would be best to keep both efforts separate. The open triangle and square denote trap locations of 2 intact females for which core areas could not be calculated before movements. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 220, 620-622. One exception to this is if a feral kitten is rescued early in life.
You may have a cat who's simply scared out of his wits. On average, females 9 ± 4 km tended to move farther than males 6 ± 3 km , although sample sizes were too small for meaningful statistical analysis. Cats are predators and kill birds and other wildlife. People are more likely to approach and pet a cat, especially a kitten, than a wild animal, so their risk of being exposed is higher. Most feral cats taken to shelters are euthanized. Schmidt for advice on telemetry equipment and home-range analyses. Initial funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation, a Texas organization that funds programs to relieve cruelty to animals.
These free-roaming cats elude simple categorization, but the feral cat most embodies the failure of humans to take full responsibility for the animals they domesticated thousands of years ago. Imagine that someone wrote a nasty letter to the newspaper. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Stray Cat Alliance was formed to bring attention to the plight of feral cats. Slater offers a comprehensive, compassionate review of the issues surrounding feral cats and of solutions to feral cat problems in communities large and small. These cats may be left alone—by ignoring them, tolerating them, or wanting to do something but looking the other way out of helplessness or ignorance—or they may be removed or managed in some way.
In Texas, the Aggie Feral Cat Alliance microchips every feral cat and maintains a database of health information on cats coming from the campus colony. Every year for National Feral Cat Day there are events scheduled across the nation. What if a free-roaming cat wandered into an area at the wrong time, and was trapped along with the ferals? Long-distance movements from the island interior into peripheral, human-populated areas were recorded for 7 26% of the 27 radiocollared cats, including animals of both sexes 2 males, 5 females and both intact and sterilized cats 5 intact, 2 sterilized. Little is known, however, about the effects of sterilization on feral cat movements and space use, particularly where colonies are located near natural areas. In addition, we predicted that sterilized cats would be more sedentary and less territorial and would therefore exhibit greater overlap in their home ranges than intact cats ;. These data suggest that the numbers of cats dependent on humans may be 3—4 times larger than the feral population in the island interior. Blog: Here's great advice for keeping free-roaming felines out of neighboring gardens.
In October 2001, Alley Cat Allies introduced the first annual Feral Cat Day. Also, from a legal standpoint, cats are property. The area of overlap for a given pair of cats was calculated as the percentage of each cat's home range during a given season and year. Although this may benefit free-roaming pet cats that interact with feral ones and ultimately, wildlife , returning healthy cats, even if sterilized, to the environment has no clear ecological benefits. Percentage overlap data were normalized by arcsine-square root transformation. On the first day the course was offered, 100 people signed up.
The thought of a cat being killed may be a little harder to stomach. Clarke and Teresa Pacin, published in 2002 in the Natural Areas Journal, vol. The estimated population size assumes that only 50% of the interior population was trapped in a given year. Viewing these issues through the lenses of epidemiology and veterinary medicine, Slater presents and evaluates a variety of options for managing feral cat colonies, both practiced and theoretical, to inform policymakers, legislators, animal advocates, and other interested parties. In 1989, The Stanford Cat Network formed to manage cats abandoned by students on the Stanford University campus. All estimates of movements and distance traveled were conservative because they did not take into account the route traveled or the topography of the island.
Almost every community has feral cats. The noise, especially during the breeding season, can be extremely annoying. The domestic cat, Felis catus, is an exotic species. Created primarily for city and county managers and legislators, the book is also a great resource for humane advocates interested in selling proven concepts in animal care and control to those officials. If you have trouble with the above link, please copy and paste this web address directly into your browser: - Sep 2011 Books: Save Our Strays: How We Can End Pet Overpopulation and Stop Killing Healthy Cats and Dogs by Bob Christiansen, 1998, 104 pages. The van operates on a first come, first served basis for pet owners, and makes appointments on prescheduled days for cat rescuers.
Extensive overlap among male cats has been reported for other islands ; , although the lower frequency of male-male overlap observed for core areas relative to 95% use areas suggests that core areas may be defended. If you have problems with the above link, please copy and paste this web address directly into your browser: - Sep 2011 If you have trouble with the hyperlink, please copy and paste this web address directly into your browser: -Sep 2011 - Links to Canadian Advocacy sites. Cats are mysterious to some, but the options for dealing with them should not be. Unfortunately, some people have established feral cat colonies near natural areas that do support threatened wildlife, sometimes on public land. If you have trouble with the above link, please copy and paste this web address directly into your browser: -Sep 2011 Humane and No-Kill Shelter Advocacy Maddie's Fund has commissioned hundreds of articles by experts in animal welfare, veterinary medicine, organizational development, law, marketing, media relations and other disciplines, all in an effort to bring new perspectives to animal welfare issues and generate additional support for the no-kill nation goal.