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I hate to see any cats outside.  I am not crazy about dogs, but I do not like to see them out in bad weather either.  I saw a stray cat at my Dad's house and put some food out that my husba
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Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 12:58 PM EST
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I hate to see any cats outside.  I am not crazy about dogs, but I do not like to see them out in bad weather either.  I saw a stray cat at my Dad's house and put some food out that my husband's "prissy" cat would not eat.  Well, time went on and it got colder so I was actually buying food to put out for this stray.  I really can't afford to take in another pet, but I don't want them to be hungry.  Today, I realized it has gotten to be a bigger problem.  When I put some food out, TWO more cats showed up to eat also.  I tried calling Animal Control, but they  want someone to be at the house when they show up.  So what am I going to do with this cat "family"?  I think they charge you at the SPCA if you try to drop them off.  That of course, assumes I could catch them.  They are not even "my" cats.  Lately the first one has been trying to get into my Dad's garage.  I am afraid it might be a she with babies coming.  So the problem will multiply.  I would not mind them being there if they are fixed and the county or state could take care of the medical expenses.  Cat food is not the most expensive part.  But I need to keep the cat population low.  Any ideas?

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 2:04 PM EST
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Pat - I'm sure sorry this is happening.  How sad that kindness turns into a problem.
I think the SPCA will loan you a kindness trap and you catch the cats.  Then take them
to the SPCA building.
I think the SPCA does try to charge you for taking them but perhaps you can just tell them you can't afford it ??
I think I should be quiet because I'm not certain of any of this

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 2:31 PM EST
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There are groups in some areas that Spay, Chip the cat and release back to the wild.  This keeps the population in check and with the Chip they can be monitored.
I just got a kitten that was a feral cat.  It was neutered, chipped and the ear is cut so it can be identified.  I found it in the garage of the old house.  It was very friendly for a feral and I could not let it stay outside so I took it home with me.  He has adjusted very well.  Most feral cats do not adjust.
I hate to say it but by feeding them they keep returning and with more cats.  I would check with the Animal control for your county, city or village.  See if they have a Spay, Release program.  It may not help with the current population but it will prevent some of the next generation.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 2:36 PM EST
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My mother-in-laws'  friend has a lot of stray cats that she feeds.  I'm not sure if they still do this, but she got a certificate from the Friends of Animals organization and used it at a participating vet to get some of them spayed.  I'm not sure how it works though.

Do you have an animal shelter (not the SPCA) in your city/town?  Maybe they could help you out.

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posted at 2/2/2012 3:08 PM EST
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Over the years we have "adopted" several stray cats that appeared in our barn.  One was a lovely gray Maine Coon I had to sedate to remove all the burrs and mats from him.  We had him neutered and he was with us several years.  Another was a black long hair who would run from us at first but would eat the food we put out for our barn cats.  Eventually he let us touch him while eating, and he too was with us for several years.  of course not having any idea how old they were when they arrived they could have been fairly old when they died of natural causes.  Another that showed up was a female.  We took her to be spayed and when the vet opened her up, it was discovered she had already been spayed.  There was no sign of a scar on her belly. She had also been declawed.  We had her for many years until she just disappeared.  We always feed the barn cats so they know where they live.
Where my sister lives in CA, there's a spay release program and she has two cats with an ear tip removed.  She caught them in a live trap when they were kittens and took them in.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 4:16 PM EST
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My Cat was an indoor/outdoor cat and some people from other streets that would walk their dogs thought that my cat was a stray before all my neighbors told them he was not.He would go up and down our street eating any food people would put out for him or any of the other cats and he still had his bounty at home.So everyday Ditto would head out for his smorgasbord.He was famous on our street and everyone loved him.He came in most nights and when it was cold or raining.He would disappear every now and then for a couple of days,no doubt someone took him in thinking he was a stray and as soon as he could escape he would.He was neutered,but not declawed I held off on that because I could not keep him in no matter what we did.In spite of living in the city and he was outdoors 50% of the time he lived to be 15 years old and died of old age.Maybe someone does own these cats and they are like my little Ditto looking for adventure.I miss him very much.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 5:23 PM EST
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Sorry to say Pat, but the only way to solve the problem is to stop feeding them.  A friend of my Mom used to have a lot of stray cats coming into his yard because he fed them.  No more food, no more cats.  We have a cat that comes in our yard too.  But she's only after the field mice that are around from time to time.  When the fox was visiting our yard, even she didn't come around lol.

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posted at 2/2/2012 7:27 PM EST
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Friends of Animals does sell discount certificates for spay and neuter.  I have used them for the 2 dogs and the two cats.  This last one I got had been neutered before it was released back into the wild.  When I brought it to a vet to be checked they told me that the neuter, chip and ear clip were done for feral cats so I did not have to pay for the neuter.
I am sure there are organizations that will do low cost spay and neuter for feral cats. You just have to call around in your area to find them.  A local vet may be able to give that information.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 7:47 PM EST
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Thanks for your suggestions.  I really wish I could find homes for them.  But maybe I can at least get some organization to have them fixed and vacinated.  I doubt I can just ignore them - especially if it does turn cold.  We have had an extremely mild winter so far here in VA.  Of course, we also had a hurricane and an earthquake as well as a small tornado.  So I guess the weather was giving us a break with the lack of ice and snow.  I read somewhere that the average life of an outdoor cat is around two years.  Too many dangers for them to live so very long, I guess.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/2/2012 10:07 PM EST
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All good suggestions.  I can't really add anything else.  Hope all works out ok.  Let us know what happens.

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posted at 2/2/2012 10:24 PM EST
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http://amby.com/cat_site/feral.html Hi Pat here is a link to a site where you might be able to get more info on feral cats. Hope this helps

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/3/2012 12:28 PM EST
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WE don't have a lot of cats in my neiborhood. Don't know why though.
We have a lot of people who walk their dogs.

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posted at 2/3/2012 1:07 PM EST
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look in you news paper  for dog and cats friends of animals or in your phone book . also at a vets office  they always have signs up good luck

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posted at 2/3/2012 1:28 PM EST
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we do have a few around our house but they must be eating there catchs they don;t look starved

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/3/2012 7:41 PM EST
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I think at least one of these cats was someone's pet.  It is too friendly to be completely feral.  I am not too sure about the other two.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/9/2012 7:54 AM EST
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I had a happy event yesterday.  One of the cats showed up with a brand new purple collar with a name and a phone number.  I called it and the lady told me the cat was hers, but she (the cat) had started insisting on staying outside for much of the day.  She was glad that it was not wandering very far from home, but didn't know how to prevent the cat wandering around.  The cat has a sister cat and two dogs in the house also. 
One down, two more to go.  LOL

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/9/2012 8:48 AM EST
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Our friends have a stretch of woods behind their house and on the other side of the woods is a farm.  The farm attracts cats who then live in the woods.  Our friend Joe feeds the cats in the morning and his neighbor feeds them at night.   Joe and his wife have trapped the cats and had them neutered or spayed, at their own expense.  I think they are up to 4-6 cats that they've had fixed.

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posted at 2/9/2012 9:45 AM EST
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Good news Pat!  That's great.

Re: Stray Cats

posted at 2/9/2012 9:48 AM EST
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Our dog Peaches was a stray who found us.  She's a great little dog.

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