Perseverance ;) (angelnova) wrote in goodmews,
Perseverance ;)

Feral cats

Hi! I'm not sure if anyone still reads this community, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

I live in an apartment complex that has a small community of feral cats (13 or so that I have been able to count). One day, I found two abandoned newborns. I took them in and tried to raise them, but they were just too sick and both passed away. After that, I set out to implement a Trap/Neuter/Release program in the area to stop the cats from breeding. Unfortunately, one day, the office (who had previously agreed to my proposal) decided they didn't want them around any more (due to some wierd story about the cats attracting coyotes) and called animal control out to kill them all.

I love these kitties dearly and I have gotten attached to quite a few. I can try scooping them up to try and find them homes, but I think that most of them are too wild. I don't want them to die. I was thinking of starting a petition in the complex to see if maybe the office might respond to that, but I don't know if it will do any good.

Does anyone have any ideas, tips, suggestions? Or do you know of a place I can go to for help on this matter?

Thanks for your help! =^.^=
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Is animal control coming out to kill them, or to take them to the pound? If it's the pound, you might request that they go to one of the pounds that has a low kill rate, or call some of the no kill shelters and see if they have space. You could also put up signs if your complex has a bulleton board stating what's going to happen, and see if any of the residents would be willing to foster or adopt. Chances are you're not the only one who's grown attached to a kitty or two.
Most of the cats are too wild to be adopted out. Animal Control told the office if they could find tame ones, they'd adopt them out. Most of them are very skittish and even the more tame ones get spooked and bite at times. And by their standards, that's too wild to adopt out. The poor owners won't want to get a skittish cat that bites and the poor cat doesn't want to be cooped up in a home.

But thank you for your suggestion. Maybe I'll ask when I go around with my petition (I just found a litter of 5 kittens this evening. Perhaps they are not too wild to adopt out)
I'm late in returning to this site, but thought I'd post recommendations for those who want to help the feral cat population.

Feral cats—cats that are basically wild, fending for themselves— often live in colonies around restaurants, offices, and apartment complexes where they get food out of the dumpsters. The number of ferals in metro Atlanta is estimated to be in the thousands.

The best thing you can do for a feral cat is to trap it, have it spayed or neutered, and then release it again.

Set humane traps to catch the cats to be taken to a vet. Some animal rescue organizations, such as Good Mews, loan traps, as do most county animal control departments; also, check with other cat trappers to borrow a trap. A sturdy (metal or plastic) cat carrier can also be used.

Keep a trapped cat in the trap until you get it to the vet. Provide food and water, and place a cloth over the trap. Put newspaper or plastic under it.

Should I Get Involved?
Caring for a feral colony takes time, effort, and money. Before you begin feeding the cats, decide how much you’re willing to do and for how long. Consider these factors:

Feeding a colony is a long-term and possibly expensive commitment. Once you’ve begun feeding the cats, they will become accustomed to this food source. If you must stop, do so gradually so the cats will revert to finding their own food.

A well-fed cat is more likely to breed successfully. Unless you have the cats spayed/neutered, you could be adding to the overpopulation problem.

Getting the cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and tested for diseases will involve trapping them and taking them to a vet.

After the vet visit, the cats either need to be released back to the colony or placed in a safe environment. Some ferals can be tamed; others will not adjust to being house cats. Animal shelters may be unable to take feral cats; those that do may have a policy of euthanizing them. If you return cats to the site, you must continue to provide food and water.

How Do I Care for the Colony?
Alter and Release

Once you’ve accepted responsibility for the colony, follow these steps.

Get the cats used to going to a specific spot for food and water.

Put food and water near where you’ve seen the cats.

Select a site away from people and traffic, but one you can access easily.

Place the food/water containers so that they are somewhat hidden by brush.

How much and how often you feed depends on the number of cats and your availability to get to the site. Remember that food left outdoors may be eaten by other animals such as raccoons and opossums.