The cat, or Felis catus, has been living among us humans for at least 5,000 years. These are the feral animals you feel the most empathy for. Living an outdoor life is tough on cats, who were put in their predicament through no fault of their own. Our cities and towns were not meant to provide for wild creatures living on their own. So, what does one do when a starving feline seems to take up residence close to our home and begins to raise family and invite friends?
Number one, do not try to physically handle feral cats, they will hurt you in fear. You can also catch things like ringworm, toxoplasmosis, and yes; cat scratch fever is for real. You can try to catch them in a trap built specifically for cats. Most veterinarians will give you a discount on spay and neutering a feral cat. You have to decide how much effort you want to put into their removal and care. You may decide to fix all the cats in your neighborhood and start a compassionate colony. Large rubber storage boxes can be converted into shelter for them. Whatever you choose to do, make sure the animal’s life is spared, whether you call a removal specialist, or become a naturalist yourself!