maisie and kittensFerals are excellent at keeping the local rodent population down, but if they are not neutered their numbers can spiral out of control. 

Colonies of Feral and semi-feral cats can be neutered, wormed and de flea’d. They can then be returned to the area they came from providing there is someone who will feed them. This will prevent an increase in the population and also will keep neighbouring ferals out and will also limit the spread of feline sexually transmitted diseases.

We have been asked to help with a feral colony in the Wakefield area so will be going out to have a look at them today, taking our humane trap with us. Very often it is easy to catch ferals for the first week or so, then they get wise to what is going on and the catch rate will slow down. We also do not know how many cats we will be catching, we have been told there are “quite a few”. They will be taken to our vets for neutering and will also be wormed and de-flea’d, possibly for the first, and last time in their lives. They will also have the tip of their left ear removed. This does not harm the cat but makes it easy to identify if they have been caught and neutered previously. They would then be released, minimising their stress.

They require water, particularly in hot summers, and supplementary feeding, particularly in cold weather. If you could offer a home to a family of feral cats, do let us know.

…  Anne