Feral Cats! What to Do If They Live Near You

The second option would be to start feeding them. This is a better choice, but still not ideal as your third option, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting out a homemade shelter for them is a good idea – cats that are not hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are far more likely to end up empty-pawed after the hunt. But this also leads to several other problems: spreading diseases and overpopulation. Diseases like toxoplasmosis, parasites, and rabies can spread through a bite or scratch when a neighborhood pet mingles with a feral. In turn, diseases can be spread to the unsuspecting owners when they’re animal interactions with them. The illnesses can cause death in some occasions, and grief follows after an animal’s death due to the sicknesses. This means that the disease could have spread to your outdoor cats and possibly to you and your family!

Along with this, cats are like rabbits when it comes to reproducing and if none of the cats are sterilized, there will be kittens. This adds to the population, increasing the risk factor of all the previously mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you’ve also got to increase the food you put out for the animals daily because of the extra mouths to feed. You’d also be given the task of taming and adopting out the kittens – and only given a certain window of time to do this.