I found a
|now what do I do?|
The cat I found is FERAL
The best thing you can do for a feral cat is TNR. TNR is the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return and is when a cat is caught using a humane trap, taken to a vet to be spayed/neutered and then returned to their original location (as long as the location is safe).
There are several local groups that can provide information and/or assistance with feral cats. These groups can explain how to do TNR, some will loan out traps, and some may be able to come out to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
|First, it is the right thing to do. Over
30,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in Greater Cincinnati alone each year.
Un-neutered cats contribute to this horrifying number. A cat can have her
first litter at the age of 6 months and can have multiple litters of
kittens each year. It doesn't take long for a situation of 1 or 2 cats to
get out of control.
Spaying/Neutering the cat will help prevent some nuisance behaviors between feral cats such as yowling and fighting for mates. It can also reduce a male cat's tendency to spray.
There are many low cost spay/neuter options available. It only takes a little effort to get the cat fixed and it will make a big difference in the future.
|It is possible that the cat has
previously been fixed. A widely used protocol for feral cats is called
ear-tipping. It is the removal of the distal
one-quarter of a cat’s left ear, which is approximately 3/8 inch, or 1
cm, in an adult and proportionally smaller in a kitten. This procedure is
performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized
for spay or neuter surgery. It allows for easy identification from a
distance that a feral cat is part of a managed colony and has been
Also some clinics will put a small tattoo in the cat's ear and/or on their belly. This tells another vet that the cat has already been fixed and saves the cat from an unnecessary surgery. If you don't know, it is better to assume it has not been fixed and follow TNR.
|Most areas have low-cost spay/neuter clinics for just that reason. In the long run, it is much less costly to spend a little to have the cat fixed then end up with a huge number of cats in the future. There are also rescue groups and other animal organizations that may be able to assist you financially or provide discount vouchers to local clinics. Your local animal shelter may also offer discount or free services for feral cats, so ask around!|
|Adult feral cats are not adoptable and face certain death when taken to a shelter or when animal control picks them up. There is no reason for this needless killing when a proven solution is available- TNR.|
|If possible, it is always better to return the cat to his established outside homes after sterilization, to be watched over by caregivers. Cats bond with their territories and with other cats in their colony. Relocation is difficult, time-consuming, and often costly, and comes with no guarantee that the cats will stay in their new location. Alley Cat Allies strongly recommends that all measures be taken to correct problems connected with keeping cats in their territories. If, however, compelling difficulties force the relocation of a feral cat colony, ACA provides relocation guidelines that, when followed carefully and completely, offer the greatest chance of relocation success.|
|League For Animal
Welfare (Clermont County)
Rent traps for $40 cash deposit- fully refundable when the
trap is returned
~ Spay/Neuter assistance program
|Cat Connection of
Box 1654, West Chester, OH 45071
~ Limited # of traps to loan
|Save Our Strays
Box 62083, Cincinnati, OH 45262
~ Traps to loan and general help with feral cats
Box 9206, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Loan traps, carriers and cages- each item requires a deposit
~ Provide assistance to people who are caretakers of feral cats and feral cat colonies
|Neighborhood Cat Helpers
~ provide the general public with tips on finding homes and information regarding low cost spay/neuter options
Alliance (Spay Ohio Program)
(513) 753-3270 or toll free 877-644-6446
~ Assist the Community with their Animal Needs
~ Limited number of traps to loan when available and provide general guidance related to feral cats
West Eighth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Ferals must be in a humane trap. If the cat is friendly
enough to be in a carrier, then an appointment is needed.
Ferals do not need an appointment and can be dropped off M-Th
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. However, please let us know ahead of time if you are
doing large-scale trapping (3+ cats).
$30/cat for spay/neuter and other services are available.
Animal Friends Humane Society http://www.animalfriendshs.org/
Trenton Road, Trenton, OH 45067
Spay/Neuter feral cats on Wednesdays and Friday by
St Martin Spay Neuter Clinic
E Kemper Rd # 1, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Spay/Neuter and other services for feral cats. Call for an
Towne Square Animal Clinic
Towne Square Avenue, Blue Ash, OH 45242
Spay/Neuter and other services for feral cats. Call for more
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic. Check their website for upcoming dates.
|Do you want to learn more about feral cats? Visit the sites below for further information.|
|Alley Cat Allies|
|Spay and Stay|
|Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project|
|Feral Cat Coalition|
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