8 Benefits of Community & Feral Cats (infographic)
Community cats face many challenges, including the threat of starvation, infection, harsh weather, and attacks by other animals. They must also contend with human population control practices like poisoning, trapping, gassing, and steel leg-hold traps.
If you're interested in helping the community and feral cats in your neighborhood, it's best to start by contacting your local rescue, shelter, or animal control office for help.
Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) is the method of humanely trapping community cats, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to their communities to live out their lives. This practice helps to stabilize the population, improves the lives of cats, and reduces the risk of disease.
Community and feral cats may offer several benefits, including possibly decreasing isolation and offering a sense of purpose for the people who care for them, helping to control rodent populations, while stabilizing the cat population, and providing a sense of community.
Community and feral cats are easily identified by having a tipped left ear. Cats who've had the top quarter-inch of the left ear surgically removed have been spayed or neutered and are a part of a colony with a caretaker.
Now that we know how community and feral cats help us let's help them by offering some creature comforts to make their lives a little easier. Outdoor heated kitty houses and warming bowls can provide a safe escape from harsh winter weather, while ensuring your local kitty community has access to food and water all year around.
For an easy all-in-one solution, check out K&H Pet's Ultimate Kitty Bundle. With outdoor cats in mind, we combined the safest heated cat house on the market, comfy heated cat bed and regulated food and water bowl for an all-inclusive outdoor cat and feral cat safe haven.