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Feral Cats Update: April 14, 2011

by Martha Ellis

When we started this project we decided to work with the MSPCA.  I thought there were maybe five or six feral cats in the Casey’s and old State Lumber pit area. We were so wrong. To date, we have trapped and spayed or neutered twenty-four feral cats.  There were fifteen males and nine females involved in the TNR program since the start of our efforts,  October 30, 2010.
Two of the trapped feral cats were previously spayed.  Not being able to detect this at the time of trapping, they were transported to the clinic where they were examined, given the rabies and distemper vaccinations, dewormed, etc.  This tells us that they were abandoned.  Maybe their owners moved out of the area or their owner couldn’t afford to feed them and dropped them off in the area.  We receive a medical history and rabies tag for each feral cat in the TNR program. The reports indicate they are healthy and very well fed by the three known local feeders. 

The two feral cats in the picture must have heard of the great reports from the other feral cats that were treated and waited impatiently for the Bumblebee tuna to show up again. These two rushed into the trap simultaneously. I was shocked and would loved to have taped the two of them going in together.  We sent the empty trap to the clinic for transporting the two of them home.

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Comments (1)

Martha, Good work. We have adopted 5-7 feral cats from various animal human societies in the area. They are great outdoor cats and control the rodent population here on Marshall Street. However, we constantly have additional feral cats showing up. My concern is that they could be diseased/infected not to mention the ticks crawling on them. These cats also cause havoc with our cats. Marshall Street has always been a dumping ground for unwanted cats and dogs. Distressing and upsetting.

DMac | 2011-04-20 14:14:15