everything you wanted to know
What can I do to help feral cats that I find?
First get them fixed, then provide food, water, and shelter for them.
Why are the cats eartipped? Does it hurt?
Ear tipping identifies free-roaming cats that have been sterilized. It is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is anesthetized and is relatively painless. It 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.
In many places a male is eartipped on the left ear and females on the right...because females are always right!
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
The simple answer: Prevention of cruelty to animals...
To quote from the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project website: "WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH OF HEALTHY PET CATS IN THE USA? A preventable condition: overpopulation….In Washington State alone, about 40,000 cats are euthanized in shelters every year, because there aren’t enough homes."
According to FCSNP 15.9% of female cats arriving are pregnant (53% of cats arriving are intact females) X how many kittens can be born per litter/average survival rate = LOTS! For example FCSNP's November 2011 Newsletter showed: Total cats altered so far in 2011: 6,203 So using those numbers: 53% of 6203 = 3287.6…15.9% of that = 522 x 3* = 1566 more cats to try to care for, s/n, foster, & adopt...added to those already in shelters...waiting.
*a litter can be 6 or more! However, the survival rate is usually 3.5 +/-
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.
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 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 here)
Does FCAT do adoptions of kittens or adult cats?
NO. Pam works with local shelters and rescues in the area to try to find homes for any kittens that are trapped and young enough to be socialized.
My cat got out of my house could I borrow a trap?
YES! There is NO charge to borrow a trap, though a donation is 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. See Resources page