Feral Cat Assistance & Trapping

frequently asked questions


everything you wanted to know

What can I do to help feral cats that I find?

First get them fixed, then provide food and water.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Prevention of cruelty to animals...see blog post on Numbers & Ethics of Rescue Work

Two uncontrolled breeding cats, plus all their kittens and all their kittens’ kittens, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to: 1st year: 12 • 2nd year: 66 • 3rd year: 382 • 4th year: 2,201 • 5th year: 12,680 • 6th year: 73,041 • 7th year: 420,715 • 8th year: 2,423,316 • 9th year: 13,958,290

Watch the video on our February 1, 2010 blog post that explains the decisions made each day at shelters to deal with this reality, and PLEASE spay/neuter your pets! Please adopt from shelters or rescue organizations. If you cannot adopt or foster consider volunteering or donating. For more information, please click here.

Does FCAT relocate feral cats?

FCAT does NOT relocate feral cats. Feral cats survive because they are familiar with the territory where they live. They know where to hide from predators and people who may harm them. We believe that cats who are relocated from the area where they are trapped do not live as cats who are returned.

There are many trappers in Seattle who believe that feral cats can become great barn cats and other helpers. If the cats need to be spayed or neutered before relocating to their new home, FCAT is still a great resource.

Feral cat sanctuaries are a great alternative for cats who need to be relocated because of development. The problem with sanctuaries is that they fill up quickly and can become overwhelmed.

Why are the cats eartipped?

Ear tipping identifies free-roaming cats that have been sterilized. Ear tipping provides immediate visual identification, which alerts us that a cat is part of a colony—In a colony of 15 black cats you can see if it has already been fixed. If it has an eartip, it can be released.

Any risk of diseases?

NO!! The only thing that is transmittable is ringworm (fungus) and toxoplasmosis. This is feces related. Basically if you handle the feces with bare hands and don't wash, not so good.

Do feral cats really harm the bird population?

NO. Human encroachment and pesticides are more harmful than a colony of feral cats. We recommend watching the video Ten Lives: A Feral Cat Odyssey (view it FREE at http://feralcatsusa.org/)

Does FCAT do adoptions of kittens or adult cats?

NO. Pam works with local shelters and rescues in the Seattle area to try to find homes for any kittens that are trapped and young enough to be socialized. Call or email Pamela for more information.

My cat got out of my house could I borrow a trap?

YES! There is NO charge, though a donation would be appreciated!!!

What kind of trap and net do you use?

We use the Tru-Catch 30LTD trap and Freeman net. You can purchase a trap locally from us or either the trap or net through Heart of the Earth.

How can I help?

We can always use donations of time and other resources. See our donate page.

Can Pam come speak to our group?

YES!  Email or give us a call to schedule at date/time for Pam to speak to your group, organization, or class about TNR and cat rescue.

On a lighter note, I get asked all the time how do I keep my nails so nice?

I get my nails done once a week by Barb Norlin of VIP Nails 206-938-8316 LOL

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