What Can Be Done About Stray Cats?
What can be done about stray cats? You may often ask yourself this question. If so, then read on. This article discusses ways of dealing with stray cats.
Stray cats can fight with your cat and if you have a female cat that isn't spayed a stray cat could get her pregnant. First of all, get your cats spayed or neutered. Then, how can you protect your cat from stray cats even more. You may have to keep your cat inside until you handle the stray situation.
You will have to do a little research, make some phone calls, or ask around about animal shelters in your area. Find out if there are any rescue shelters that are willing to capture spray or feral cats. You can try to capture one yourself, but only as a last resort. You don't want the cat to bite you because you don't know where it's been and it isn't vaccinated for things like rabies.
If there is a shelter that will retrieve the trouble-causing stray cat for you that is great. If you manage to capture it yourself you can take it to an SPCA or local animal shelter. However, if you want to fix the problem without ending the animal's life you may want to think twice. Most stray cats aren't friendly or used to human interaction. Therefore, they cannot be adopted and will be euthanized.
Luckily for your conscience there are some places that are no-kill shelters, meaning they don't euthanize the animals. Another option that isn't widely known about or available is a program that captures spays or neuters and then releases stray cats. Check to see if this is available in your area. How does such a program even help? Well, stray cats are mostly a problem because of reproducing and aggression. If these cats can't create more stray cats that helps. Also, when a cat gets fixed it often becomes less aggressive towards other cats and people.
Most stray cats are strays because of humans so don't punish these cats, try to fix the wrong. Get informed and make the choice that you feel is right when dealing with stray cats.
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