Feral cats and stray cats

It’s been rather busy with people borrowing our live traps to catch feral cats and bring them to us to be neutered/spayed/vaccinated/ear tipped. For those of you that aren’t sure what the difference is between a feral cat and a stray cat, have a read below.

What are feral cats?

Feral cats are cats who are not owned and are not sufficiently socialized to humans to be candidates for adoption. Feral cats are the end result of owned pets who were not spayed or neutered, and then escaped or were allowed to roam. Feral cats can cause neighbourhood problems as they forage for food, and when they display noisy mating behaviour. Residents are also disturbed by the number of ferals that sometimes congregate together in family or social groups known as “colonies”. The growth in the number and size of these colonies is due to unrestrained reproduction, which produces litters of kittens for whom homes cannot be found, and who can’t be accommodated in already overcrowded animal shelters.

What are stray cats?

Stray cats are cats who were previously owned, and who have sufficient potential for re-socialization, making them suitable candidates for adoption. They are pets who got lost or were abandoned by their owners. While feral cats must be taken in as young kittens if they are to be socialized and adopted, it is often possible to re-socialize mature stray cats, permitting them to live with humans again.

If you want to learn more about what you can do for feral cats, click on Programs for more information.