Stray Cat Issues

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Keep hounding animal control and get as many live traps as needed.  Cats breed, and they also carry disease.  You are not responsible for the care of all the stray cats.

 

Live traps are humane.  The cat who sat in the trap was safe and fed.  It was not at risk of being hit by a car or injured by a dog or who knows what else.

 

Post # 3
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

It’s sad.  But the life of a stray is not pleasant.  By putting them through this minor stress, you are handling the situation humanely and getting a breeding cat off the street to prevent generations of more strays.  Don’t feel guilty!  It’s the greatest good for the greatest number.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

MrsD41503:  I know it sucks but keep trapping and turning in.  The problem only gets bigger if you ignore it because of how often cats breed.  We had the same issues in our previous house, cstrays tearing up flower beds using our yard and deck as a litter box and getting into fights outside the bedroom at 2 in the morning.  When we figured out which neighbor was “helping” by feeding all the strays animal control went and talked to her and set live traps in several yards.  Even so it took about 4-6 months before things really got better.  And in that time, it was hot summer weather so when you went outside if it hadn’t rained in a day or two whole sections of the neighborhood smelled like cat pee.  Hopefully you can get most of the cats trapped before it gets worse.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MrsD41503:  Take a look at these tips: https://multcopets.org/10-tips-keeping-cats-out-yards-and-gardens

If you’re really desperate, consider getting a dog. The dog may not attack the cats (let’s hope not) but dogs love barking at and chasing cats. My dog freaks out when he smells a cat in the garage and usually chases them off.

Other times we’ve caught a cat in our garage with a live trap and canned chicken. Usually a night in the clink is enough to deter said kitty from coming back, so we let them go. (It was so sad coming into the garage hearing those sad meows that almost were saying “I’m a good kitty! I won’t do it again!”)

I’m surprised that animal control hasn’t come by, collected the cats and put them down. A lot of places will do that. I know that it’s not what most people want. But maybe also controling their population by trapping, fixing and releasing them would be another alternative. A lot of places do that too.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Find out if your city has a cat rescue group, they might come catch the cats and have them fixed and vaccinated and try to adopt any they are able to.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

MrsD41503:  I really feel you on this. You are not doing anything wrong. These animals are probably sick, not neutered, and will just have kittens that will end up being more feral, sick strays. The people who are feeding them without taking proactive measures to eliminate the problem are just adding to it. I’m sure your neighbor thinks she is helping them, but she isn’t. I’ve been rescuing strays for years. The first thing that has to happen is the animal needs to be tested for disease and neutered(there is a program in my area that will neuter a stray for $25). Then it needs to be determined if they can be pets or would be better off as possble barn cats. You could look into contacting some rescues in your area. They may come collect the cats and do the above steps I’ve mentioned.

So many animals end up in rescues and shelters. 90% of the time, the problem is not the animal, it’s the previous asshat owner that needs to be thunderpunched in the throat.

 

Post # 11
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5228 posts
Bee Keeper

MrsD41503:  The barn cat program is really awesome. I live an area with lots of farms, and many strays end up as working barn cats. Really, a cat on a dairy farm is living the dream 

It’s tough to have a big heart about such a never ending problem. <3<3<3<3 you for doing this. Like I sad in my pp, I want to institute a “thunderpunch to the throat” program for people caught abandoning their animals. Sadly, it is still something people will get a slap on wrist for in my area. Until the community takes it seriously, people will continue to do it. True story though, people who will abuse/neglect an animal they are supposed to be responsible for will often treat the people in their lives the same way.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MrsD41503:  trap & fix. There may be a program in your area that does this already and would lend you a trap so that you can get to the cats in your area. Once they’re all fixed, then they won’t keep multiplying.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just want to commend you for putting in all this work to help fix this problem. Please do not feel guilty. Those cats are living awful lives. They likely have parasites, are eating garbage and spreading things like feline leukemia (make sure you keep your kitty away from them and their feces!)

It’s also nice to hear that there are options for you to take them to a no-kill facility. That has to make you feel better about this situation! They’re getting a second chance.

I grew up on a small island and for years, there was an awful population of stray cats everywhere throughout the island. Finally a couple of people teamed up with a local vet and trapped and spayed/neutered every single cat on the island. There are no longer strays hanging around.. it’s amazing.

I know that the above solution really isn’t feasible for most communities, but when peopel work together, stray problems can be solved. Are there others on your street who may offer to help trap? Educational programs on the importance of spay/neutering? Are there fines for people who allow their pets to roam?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

See if there is a group in your area that will trap the strays, get them neutered, get them their vaccines, and return them to your area. While the life of a stray is not easy, it is much easier on strays when the population is under control. Alley cats/stray cats can be very beneficial to the neighborhood. They kill mice, rats and other rodents and if you completely remove a feral cat colony, you risk having other pests take their place.  But the colony will keep growing as long as they’re not neutered.

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