What is a Feral Cat?
A feral cat is an undomesticated or “wild” cat. Feral cats live strictly outdoors and do not like human interaction. They will often run away if approached and do not like to be picked up. They live in groups or colonies and reproduce very quickly. With an average litter size of 4 kittens, reproduction being possible as young as 5 months of age, and an average of 4 litters per year, one female and one male cat can quickly produce more than 15 cats a year. Keep in mind, the kittens from that one female and one male cat will also be reproducing; therefore, those two cats can quickly form of a group of more than 115 in less than one year!
What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return TNR involves trapping all the cats in a colony, getting them spayed and neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped, then returning the cats back to their colony and continuing to provide food, water, and shelter. TNR significantly reduces unwanted kittens. It also eliminates many of the nuisance behaviors that plague neighborhoods and businesses such as odor from spraying and noise from fighting.
A TRN program is the alternative to collecting and euthanizing these cats. It reduces the number of cats that are surrendered to animal shelters, saves tax dollars, and improves the communities in which these cats live. Numerous agencies have endorsed our TNR program and it’s use grows everyday. Low-cost spay/neuter surgery services, trap rental, and feral cat training are available at our clinic.
What is the Feral Cat Package?
We do not currently have any grant funds for feral cats. Therefore, we have to charge our cost to provide these services. The feral cat package is $50 and includes surgery, anesthesia, pain management medications that will be administered both during and after the procedure, an antibiotic injection, a rabies vaccine, and an ear tip.
What is an Ear Tip?
- It is painlessly removing a quarter inch off the top of a feral cat’s left
ear while the cat is anesthetized for spay/neutering.
- Ear tipping the universal symbol of and the only way to permanently
identify a feral cat who’s been evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized.
- It ensures that a sterile cat will not undergo unnecessary repeat
trapping and surgery.
- For your safety, our safety, and the safety of feral cats, they must come in a humane trap.
- We accept TWO (2) feral cats in separate traps each day Monday-Thursday without an appointment. Please set traps Sunday -Wednesday evenings only. Cats in traps prior to midnight can be brought in the next day for surgery. Do not feed after midnight.
- Feral cats need to stay in the trap for 48 hours after surgery to ensure the anesthesia is out of their system and will be able to protect themselves.
- If you would like to bring in more than 2 trapped cats, contact us first to ensure that we can accommodate your request.
Drop off and pick up times for feral cats:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays:
Drop off – 7:00am – 7:30am
Pick up – 4:45pm We close at 5:00pm
Drop off – 8:00am – 8:30am
Pick up – 2:00pm – 2:30pm
The second Tuesday of every month:
Drop off – 8:00am – 8:30 am
Pick up – 2:00pm – 2:30pm