Owners of pet cats generally know enough about feral cats to be a little… concerned. They seem to congregate in certain spots, spread disease, share parasites, reproduce with abandon, and fight (among themselves and with anyone that encroaches on their turf).
Owners of indoor-outdoor cats may feel that neighborhood strays or feral cat colonies threaten the safety and health of their pets. But while feral cats are extremely wary of humans, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t need our help.
Previously, cities and towns used to organize and manage animal control programs that simply trapped and euthanized feral cats. However, a more progressive approach to these colonies has gained traction in the last few years.Continue…