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Old 06-05-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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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.
No, don't do that. Agencies do NOT adopt out feral cats. They almost always put them down or they vaccinate, spay/neuter, then release them back into their colonies.

If you find a litter of feral KITTENS, then yes, by all means round them up and take them to a no-kill shelter. Feral kittens can be tamed if they are taken early enough. Once they're 3-4 months old, they're semi-feral for life. Older than that, they're almost guaranteed to be feral for life.

I have owned a semi-feral cat. I adopted her at the age of four months and while she would stay indoors at night, she roamed all day long. Part of my adoption agreement with the agency required that I allow her to roam during daylight hours. She was run over by a car and killed when she was less than two years old. Statistically speaking, she'd have had a longer life if she'd stayed feral! Poor little thing.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Redmond, WA
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Had this problem a few years ago in Kansas City, you can consider a cease desist order against the people feeding them (the reason they stick around and multiply) if you can prove they are a threat to private property and public health, ie. pee all over, fleas, attacks against household pets, etc.

Cats never poop near their feeding area which means your neighbors have to clean up after them, so consider that.

"colony managers".....puh-leaze!
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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The amount of birds these cats kill is enormous. Not to mention the mice which then suppress the owl, snake, and raccoon populations
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I wish the feral cats would kill the Grackle birds. Those things are such a nuisance!!
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