What is a Community Cat?
Community cats, also known as feral cats, are domesticated cats that have reverted to a wild state. They are not able to be handled by humans and often have a fear of human contact. They live in groups called colonies and stay within an area or territory, which they will defend against intruders. Often, human caretakers provide food, water, and shelter through “feeding stations” on the property or near the area where the cats reside.
Aren’t Community Cats just strays?
No, strays are pet cats that have been abandoned or lost by their owners. They do not fear human contact and will seek human companionship. Stray cats are socialized to humans and able to be adopted if brought to a shelter or caught. The offspring of strays, can become feral if kittens are not socialized from an early age.
Why should I help Community Cats?
Every year there are more then 77,500 cats are euthanized in North Carolina. The majority are ferals who are not adoptable because they are unsocialized and untamable. Spaying and Neutering feral cats through TNR, allows them to return to their territory, sterile and vaccinated. They help control rodent populations and other pests such as insects and snakes, as well as defend their territory to prevent new cats from coming in and contributing to the overpopulation. Spaying and neutering not only controls the population but reduces the menancing behaviors of intact cats, such as spraying, fighting, yowling, and disease spread. Download a TNR for Community Cats form to apply for low cost vouchers to spay/neuter ferals in your community. Spaying and Neutering means a happier life for both cats and humans and reduces the intake of cats at the shelter, which saves taxpayers money.
How can I help Community Cats?
Caring for community cats is easy. In addition to providing food, water, and shelter; spay and neuter!