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Old 06-04-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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I don't recall the origination that does it, but there are groups that will trap feral cats then spay or nuder them, before releasing them. This will help keep the growth of the colony in check.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I don't recall the origination that does it, but there are groups that will trap feral cats then spay or nuder them, before releasing them. This will help keep the growth of the colony in check.
Yes this has already been done. There is a caretaker that feeds them right in front of my home.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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I have heard of similar colonies in older neighborhoods near us. It can be a little bit of a nuisance at times, but I have been told by longtime residents that there used to be more of a vermin problem due to the trees, creeks, etc. and the cats have really helped that issue.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I have heard of similar colonies in older neighborhoods near us. It can be a little bit of a nuisance at times, but I have been told by longtime residents that there used to be more of a vermin problem due to the trees, creeks, etc. and the cats have really helped that issue.
Something else to consider. Take away the cats and watch your rodent population shoot through the roof.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Over about 4 years I have been feeding up to 10 cats at our shop every night, but it has dwindled down to just one or two who come by every night now. Not sure what happened to the others, but I fear it was not something good.

We used to have rats and snakes (even found a snake in our shop bathroom one time) but since the cats have been hanging around there we NEVER see any pests at all. In addition, most of these poor animals were once housecats that some idiot put out to fend for itself, and most end up dying from predators or disease.

Just let them be, they really are not harming anything and are doing you more good than you know. In addition, these poor little guys have a horrible life and the little pleasure the nice man gives them is all they probably have. Otherwise, they are at the mercy of traffic, predators, sickness, and people who would do them harm. Try to ignore the occasional little paw prints and have a little compassion for little guys who didn't choose the life they are forced to live. Good things come back to people who do good things for animals and other people, please be one of them.

Don

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Old 06-04-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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I feel for them, but it really sucks for the neighbors of the guy who decides to make his house the gathering spot.

Still bitter about the fleas. I was 7 months pregnant and freaking out.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. For what's it worth, we didn't have a rodent problem before the cats appeared and we don't now. It is just annoying. It seems like the only option would be to trap and relocate them but that doesn't guarantee other cats won't take their place. Not worth the hassle IMO.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. For what's it worth, we didn't have a rodent problem before the cats appeared and we don't now. It is just annoying. It seems like the only option would be to trap and relocate them but that doesn't guarantee other cats won't take their place. Not worth the hassle IMO.
Bring them to my neighborhood. There are hardly any loose cats around here and we have TONS of squirrels. Rodents too. Aaaaaah, sterile suburban life.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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You think you have cat problem. If cat thrives what you truly have is rodent problem. You just don't see rodent, but you see cat. You will see rodent and how much rodent if you kill cat.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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We had some spayed feral cars here, down to one lazy cat. Had rats under control, but started seeing them again.

If having flea problem, can you catch the cats and treat them?

You can catch and take them to the SPCA for adoption. Don't call animal services as they are part of the problem. Reduce the colony down to manageable size.
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