What is a Feral Cat?
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people has diminished over time. A feral cat is the "wild" offspring of domestic cats and is primarily the result of pet owners' abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals. A feral cat is not socialized to people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is elusive and does not trust humans.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return and why is it the only solution?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane approach to feral cats. Stray and feral cats living outdoors are humanely trapped, then vaccinated, sterilized, and eartipped by veterinarians. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. Healthy adult cats are returned to their outdoor colony homes. Trap-Neuter-Return ends reproduction, stabilized populations, and improves cats' lives.
Cats go where there is food and shelter for them. If you take the cat away, another will move in to take its place, but if you spay or neuter that animal and put it back, you have a cat will defend its territory and food source and it will have no more kittens thus stabilizing the population. The population will actually decrease over time in a well managed colony.
Feral Cat and Trap-Neuter-Return Resource
Partial List of Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Feral Cat
• Humane Society Silicon Valley
There is an excellent article called A Report on Trap/Alter/Release Programs by Karen Johnson on Feral Cat Coalitions web site that is well worth reading; http://www.feralcat.com/feral-tr.html.
• HSSV/PFOF conducts a TNR class at HSSV in Milpitas . Please go to
click on their Event Calendar for a schedule of classes.