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Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to help Feral Cats

What does a feral need, they need food, water and shelter most of all but they also need to be spayed/neutered.

If there are Feral cats where you live then you can be sure that they will multiply and what may be a small problem today will be a huge problem in a few months.

What can you do?

A plastic dustbin with the lid off makes an ideal dry shelter for a feral, placing warm bedding and food inside will encourage the cat to go in.

If a nursing queen has kittens in one of these shelters then at five weeks old try and catch them inside the bin and take them inside to be tamed and homed.

The mother cat should be trapped and spayed as soon as possible, local councils will often provide a trap free of charge and your vet may give a discount. There are also vouchers available from the Cat Protection towards the cost of spaying.

To trap a feral you need to bait the trap with strong smelling food, normal cat food doesn't work it needs to be smelly like sardines or mackerel.

We can all make a difference by trying to help solve the problem.

"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the
power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the
guilt." ~ Anna Sewell 

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