#FeralCatDay #GlobalCatDay


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. We are using the term semi-feral because while these cats do not have homes some of them are friendly and can be petted. Many of them were probably once someones pets but were abandoned at some point.

Yin and Yang 4 weeks old
Me (Yang) and Yin came from that cat colony so as you can imagine National Feral Cat Day is a cause very close to our hearts. You can read how we came to live with Mommy  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 in 2016 concluded 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
Scylla was also was born into a feral cat colony and was rescued as a wee kitten. You can read her story Scylla Sunday Meowing About National Feral Cat Day here.


~Yang, reporting for ATCAD


23 comments:

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

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.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

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

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

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.

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

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

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

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

Summer said...

Caring for feral kitties is VERY important!

The Swiss Cats said...

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

Millie and Walter said...

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

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

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.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Thank you for visiting everyone. ~Scylla

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

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

The Island Cats said...

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

Suzanne Dunaway said...

OMG I cannot believe the cuteness of those two kitties. To think that those little fluffballs would grow up into magnificent examples of their kittiness. SOOOO cute, and they were from a feral mama???? Incredible. But I was, too....\
Love from Loulou

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Well done Scylla.We're big advocates for feral cats and I'm crazy about the new name

The Island Cats said...

TNR should be the only way to take care of ferals. Thanks for sharing this info.

The Swiss Cats said...

We strongly believe in TNR too. Purrs

Bionic Basil said...

We agree totally TNR is the only way to go... great post guys, brilliant!

Big hugs

Basil & Co xox

Caren Gittleman said...

wonderful wonderful post!!!!! catchatwithcarenandcody

M Dawson said...

Great post and so glad you focused on #GlobalCatDay

Well done!!!!

M. K. Clinton said...

Happy Global Cat Day! We love the TNR program and wish more people took the time to learn how they can help feral cat colonies.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

This is such an important topic to let people know about! Thanks for joining the movement and spreading the word. P.s. those are the cutest baby pictures!

Eastside Cats said...

TNR is important, and anyone who feeds cats must fix them too!

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

There are TNR programs here too.
I am glad your furmily rescued you from that kind of life, though...