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Old 11-01-2015, 06:49 PM
 
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My neighbor passed away and her cats came to my house. I have seven cats of my own. I felt bad for my neighbor's cats so I have been feeding them. It is costing me a lot of money to keep all of the cats feed. I really don't want to call animal control to pick up the cats but I may have to. I have seven cats because I am always picking up strays but I just can't handle anymore. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:40 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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How many cats did your deceased neighbor have?
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Contact Faithful Friends, Faithful Friends - Site
Faithful Friends Animal Society
12 Germay Drive
Wilmington DE 19804

Phone: (302) 427-8514
Fax: (302) 427-2855

There is also Forgotten Cats, http://www.forgottencats.org and Castaway Cats at
Castaway Cats - Home


We adopted our two cats from Castaway and I do understand how expensive it is because we are also feeding four strays in the neighborhood.

As expensive as it can be, you are doing a good thing by helping these cats to survive.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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Two schools of thought here in all 3 counties, feed the cats? or is that compounding the issue?

From the article below
Some people feed feral cats, but what often happens is that the food attracts more cats, the cats have more kittens and the number of cats to feed continues to increase until it can become overwhelming.
Dr. Waters agreed.
“Some people think they’re doing a good deed by feeding these cats, but that may be the problem as well. The more food, the more the cats will come to a specific area and the more they will continue to multiply.”

No purr-fect solution to feral cats - Delaware State News | Delaware State News
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Upper Marlboro
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SPCA Sussex Chapter in Georgetown. Gets them fixed and into homes.

Alternatively, Worcester County Humane Society in West OC.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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TNR the cats: "Trap, Neuter, Release". Alley Cat Allies puts out a very useful booklet on how to do it, entitled How to Help Feral Cats: A Step By Step Buide to Trap-Neuter-Return. Their website is: www.alleycat.org

It's the smart and humane thing to do, and not as difficult as you might think.

Best wishes!
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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TNR the cats: "Trap, Neuter, Release". Alley Cat Allies puts out a very useful booklet on how to do it, entitled How to Help Feral Cats: A Step By Step Buide to Trap-Neuter-Return. Their website is: www.alleycat.org

It's the smart and humane thing to do, and not as difficult as you might think.

Best wishes!
All of the local rescues will trap and neuter. Not sure if they bring them back to the same area or take them to the humane society. The time that we had it done, we adopted the cat.

While it can be a problem to feed strays, I have been taking care of the same cats for several years. One was barely living when he showed up at my home, but I worked with my vet to make sure he had meds and plenty of food to eat, along with a heated shelter. Quite a few of my neighbors also feed these cats. When I can (and if they will let me), I do take them for their shots.

I just know that if something happened where my pets got out and seemed to disappear, I would hope that someone would take a good interest in them. However, it can be a real problem as the food can attract other animals.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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I just know that if something happened where my pets got out and seemed to disappear, I would hope that someone would take a good interest in them. However, it can be a real problem as the food can attract other animals.

I have heard of it attracting foxes.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I have heard of it attracting foxes.
That is absolutely correct. We have several red foxes in our wooded area and there is a small one that sometimes dines on my stoop. Surprised me the first time, but there does not seem to be any problems so far. I am always checking to see who/what is out front and I rarely see a fox, skunk (which I can smell), or possum. Usually just the few cats that roam the neighborhood looking to see who has food out for them.
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