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Forgotten Felines - The Feral Cats

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Sleuth the VNN Reporter Dog

Whenever Sleuth the Reporter Dog travels throughout the country, he sees evidence of an entire population of forgotten cats…those cats that no one owns and that live on the outskirts of our society.  Sleuth asked the Veterinary News Network team to find some facts on feral cats.

1) Experts estimate that there are 60-90 million feral cats in North America.  That’s the same number as cats who have homes!

2) Feral cats are unsocialized to humans and will most often run away.  Stray cats are those abandoned by their owners or those who wander away from home.

3) Feral cats often live in colonies and have surprisingly social lives.

4) Many of these animals are considered to be nuisances by local communities and often end up in shelters where they are euthanized as unadoptable.

5) In fact, 70% of all cats entering shelters are euthanized.

6) Alley Cat Allies is a group dedicated to stopping the killing of feral cats.  They propose that Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) can help control feral cat populations.

7) Cats are humanely trapped, taken to veterinary offices for neutering and vaccinations and then returned to their home colony.  Caretakers of the colony provide food for the cats.

8) Opponents of TNR say that the cats kill wildlife, especially songbirds and have the potential to spread diseases.

9) This is an emotionally charged and controversial topic.  You can help by keeping your cat indoors and by contacting shelters instead of abandoning your cat outdoors.

10) Be sure to bookmark www.PetDocsOnCall.com and www.MyVNN.com as your source of trusted and accurate pet health information.