#FeralCatDay

Our friend Mrs Tammy cares for a semi-feral cat colony that lives where she works. As funds become available she tries to get the cats spayed and neutered.

Yin and Yang 4 weeks old
Yin and Yang came from that cat colony so as you can imagine National Feral Cat Day is a cause very close to their hearts. You can read how Yin and Yang came to live with us  at Yin & Yang (National Feral Cat Day)

The best and most humane way to help a feral cat is through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return, which ends the breeding cycle and helps cats and people coexist peacefully. Alley Cat Allies’ website (www.alleycat.org) is a great source of information on Trap-Neuter-Return and the importance of spay and neuter for all cats.


For those who object to TNR in the mistaken belief that feral cats harm wildlife. Numerous studies have repeatedly found that the primary cause of bird population decline is rampant development and related pollution, which destroy bird habitats and sources of food. An Ohio State University study released this year concludes that urbanization is the chief cause of declining populations of migratory birds. A 2005 study by the U.S. Forest Service estimates that six times more birds are killed annually by flying into buildings and power lines than by cats.

It is indisputable that being killed in a shelter is the number one documented cause of death for cats in the United States, due to failing and inhumane animal control policies that rely on catch and kill. It’s bad public policy based on bad science. Trap-Neuter-Return for outdoor cats is a humane method of care and a responsible program. I urge readers to visit www.alleycat.org for more information.

Scylla and Charybdis 4 weeks old
I (Scylla) also was born into a feral cat colony and was rescued as a wee kitten. You can read my story Scylla Sunday Meowing About National Feral Cat Day here.

Before I go I want to meow about some feral cats that REALLY need our help ASAP. My good friend Savannah did blog post on them Update: Kauai Community Cats Need Our Help and USA Island Cats At Risk please go read these two blog post and find out what you and your humans can do to help.

BREAKING NEWS: Savannah has a new post up about the issue Brief Kauai Community Cat Update #nationalferalcatday

 

~Scylla, reporting for ATCAD




12 comments:

  1. When we updated the post to show the blog hop we accidentally deleted the comments. We want to apologize as we greatly appreciate hearing from our friends.

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  2. We think TNR communities are great and should be encouraged. Humans are,after all, responsible for homeless cats. Purrs Georgia and Julie, Treasure and JJ on #FeralCatDay

    Mickey's Musings

    at 7:54 AM

    I was so disgusted to find that most municipalities in the area have an “extermination” policy … kill, no questions asked. It actually made the news because one city partnered with a rescue and adopted TNR. Even worse? The comments on the story complained about “nuisance” cats – and supported killing all ferals. Completely disgusting. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to claim Bear was feral … but he saved my life and he was one of those homeless “nuisance” cats when we met – so this topic is close to my heart. on #FeralCatDay

    Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat

    at 4:58 AM

    I am so glad you guys have a human friend who is helping ferals in your community! on #FeralCatDay

    Summer

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment Summer, Momma Kat and Bear, and Georgia and Julie, Treasure and JJ

      We are so sorry that we accidentally deleted the wrong post and thus everyone's comments, we didn't know how to put them back other than to copy and paste.

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  3. Scylla you outdid yourself writing your post today. Pawsome, simply pawsome. Purrs for the shout out about my Kauai update. It's just so wrong

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    1. We feel so bad for the cats on Kauai, we wish we could fly them all to safety. We left a comment on the newspaper article but we don't know how long it will take to show up. We were sickened by the mean comments that had been left.

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  4. We think feral cat programs are essential. We hope all these programs are supported.

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  5. Caring for feral kitties is VERY important!

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  6. That's a wonderful post ! It's important to help ferals, and TNR is the best way. Purrs

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  7. It's great what your friend is doing and what your family has done by taking in you kitties that were from feral colonies.

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  8. Thank you for visiting everyone. ~Scylla

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  9. Excellent post, thanks for spreading the word about the importance of TNR.

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  10. We agree...TNR is the best way for feral cats. We're glad to hear some of you have a comfy home now.

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