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Jun 13, 2024 - 7:51:01 AM

mander

USA

5166 posts since 10/7/2007

I'm out watering my garden minding my own business, when two young adults stop to feed the neighbor's cat. I can gather from what was being said they believe the cat is feral and they need to gain its trust over time before rehoming it to a shelter. I was tempted to say something to them, but if there's one do-gooder out there, there are twenty. So I elected to tell my neighbor instead with the high hopes he will put a collar with I.D. on his cat.

Why anyone thinks an obese cat needs rescuing, I don't know. I do know there was a lot of food in the bags they were carrying so I'm thinking there is more than one "feral" cat on their to do list. As much as I dislike that particular cat, I would hate to see him get neutered twice. :-)

So, any of you herding feral cats?

Jun 13, 2024 - 8:01:12 AM

384 posts since 4/27/2020

Nope, but we have a couple in the neighborhood. I think that one technically belong to someone. It's the one that tries to sneak into my house if I leave a door open.

Jun 13, 2024 - 8:25:41 AM

Owen

Canada

15300 posts since 6/5/2011

.... feral cats???  Raptors and urban coyotes deserve a fighting chance, no?

When we worked on the fly-in reserves we never saw any feral cats .... but lots of rez dogs.  Go figure!  wink

Jun 13, 2024 - 9:14:30 AM
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Buddur

USA

3957 posts since 10/23/2004

There is a stray living in my barn.

I hesitate to categorize it, and am not sure of it's pronouns.

Jun 13, 2024 - 11:36:23 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30321 posts since 8/3/2003

I have a friend who befriends feral cats, both male and female, and if she can tame them to the point where she can handle them, she has them spayed/neutered, gets their shots and returns them to their habitat.

She does this for a reason: Females that are fixed can't have any more feral cats and males that are fixed can't sire any more so that eliminates many, many feral cats. Anyone who has the time, effort, compassion and money (it's not inexpensive) to do so it a good person in my eyes.

On the other side of that happening is my neighbor across the street. She feeds feral cats, she doesn't catch and release, but let's them breed on and on and on. They come over to my yard and use it as a bathroom (I can't stand the smell). My dog is continually chasing one of them up a tree or over the fence. In that scenario, I hate feral cats!!!!

That being said, I like cats, I just don't want one.

Jun 14, 2024 - 1:10:11 AM

41452 posts since 3/5/2008

People would drop off..( abandon ) cats n dogs at our place..as we live on the dead end of the road..in an old farm lookin house....

 

just open the car door let'em out..n drive off..
Kinda rude.....
Usta happen alot..
But not so much..nowahdays...

I do not know what has..changed..

Edited by - STUD figmo Al on 06/14/2024 01:11:20

Jun 14, 2024 - 4:23:51 AM
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62240 posts since 12/14/2005

@ Figmo:
Might be interesting to set up a trail cam, get their license plates, and have them charged with Cruelty to Animals.

Since we've met, I'm guessing that you HAVE a trail cam.

Jun 14, 2024 - 6:54:09 AM

1038 posts since 2/11/2019

quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

People would drop off..( abandon ) cats n dogs at our place..as we live on the dead end of the road..in an old farm lookin house....

 

just open the car door let'em out..n drive off..
Kinda rude.....
Usta happen alot..
But not so much..nowahdays...

I do not know what has..changed..


I think ppl do that to my mom.  Unfortunately she doesn't mind, she's like some kind of cat whisperer.  Our female dog doesn't like my mom cuz she can sniff out those cats a mile away, she literally barks at her when she comes over.

Our last pet cat died over the winter and we are still in the mode of "no more cats ever".  But I do wish we had a few feral cats wandering around.  We used to have cats roaming from a nearby barn but they have been gone for years.  Perhaps if the mice and moles had more predators we wouldn't have copperheads biting my dog (three times now!)  And it's the female of course.  What a cycle...

Jun 14, 2024 - 7:19:05 AM
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Owen

Canada

15300 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

There is a stray living in my barn.
I hesitate to categorize it, and am not sure of it's pronouns.


Have you checked whether he/she/it/?? has attained the age of majority ..... i.e. whether or not child/family services should be involved?

Our daughter and SIL have 3 active kiddos [aged about 11 - 15] ... quite a few friends coming and going, temporary after-school drop-ins and the logistics of picking up/dropping off participants in various activities, etc.    In addition, our SIL works shift work, so all-in-all it's quite a "busy" household.  From time to time, the number for any given meal can vary a little.

One day, when our SIL was doing some cooking, he made a lighthearted observation about operating  "The (family name) Home for Unwanted Neighbourhood Children."  yes

Edited by - Owen on 06/14/2024 07:21:58

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:29:27 AM

41452 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

@ Figmo:
Might be interesting to set up a trail cam, get their license plates, and have them charged with Cruelty to Animals.

Since we've met, I'm guessing that you HAVE a trail cam.


Nope no trail cam...

But the whole property is on a cam..for ATF purpisses..

Jun 15, 2024 - 7:36:20 AM

Paul R

Canada

16964 posts since 1/28/2010

Around here, cats let out of their owners' houses become lunch for the local coyotes.

Jun 15, 2024 - 7:40:02 AM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

13838 posts since 2/22/2007

There seems to be society of cat protectors, almost always older women, in every town. They feed the feral cats, some get neutered some do not, they even build little shelters for them. And the population grows.

Jun 15, 2024 - 8:07:44 AM

3833 posts since 4/5/2006

Australia has dingoes (Feral dogs). Kauai has Free Range (Feral)l chickens, & to control the chicken population, they introduced Feral cats. smiley 

Jun 15, 2024 - 10:46:02 PM
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rvrose

USA

1015 posts since 6/29/2007

We live on the edge of a small town with a farm across the street. Feral cats roam the neighborhood and hunt vermin. The coyotes keep the cat population down. No mice in the house...

Rick

Jun 16, 2024 - 12:55:47 PM

donc

Canada

7468 posts since 2/9/2010

Same as Paul said.. A few years ago our cats would disappear for a couple of days during the summer. Today everyone with a cat keeps it in at night due to the hungry coyotes.

Jun 17, 2024 - 4:33:12 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30321 posts since 8/3/2003

I took the poodle out yesterday afternoon and he cornered a feral cat underneath a bench. The cat was hissing and clawing at the dog, the dog was barking and staying at a decent distance away. I went over and told the cat to scat. He/she did and the race was on. Both cat and dog are fast and that cat climbed up my metal fence and went over it in record time. I didn't know cats could climb a metal fence. Then the darned cat sat on the top of the fence and teased the dog until I went and got the cat to leave. Such as the joys of feral cats.

Jun 17, 2024 - 4:55:57 AM
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rinemb

USA

16349 posts since 5/24/2005

My mom adopted a ferel kitten. It was wild and skittish. Eventually, the cat became a great companion for mom, included lap and bedtime. But it still needed plenty of roam time outside. When we took mom to a care home my brother rehomed it at their house. Then soon the cat made its get away. 6 months later while I was working at mom's house getting it ready to sell, this cat showed up...acting like "what's the big whup?" As if nothing new. That cat traveled about a mile or more for those 6 weeks including several busy streets, while working its way back to the home she knew. The area she traveled is one I live in. Many folks put cat food out daily for the wondering cats, so a cat on the streets can do well as desired.

Jun 17, 2024 - 9:53:32 AM

Buddur

USA

3957 posts since 10/23/2004

I work very near Farrell, PA...

...apparently all the stray cats around here are Farrell cats.

Jun 18, 2024 - 3:57:23 PM

donc

Canada

7468 posts since 2/9/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

I work very near Farrell, PA...

...apparently all the stray cats around here are Farrell cats.


When you enter Biggar, Saskatchewan there is a famous sign: " New York is big but this is Biggar".

[sorry everyone for the inconsiderate digression]

Edited by - donc on 06/18/2024 15:57:56

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