Feral Cat Problems

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feral stray cat problem in cincinnati, ohioStray Cat Problems in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Feral and stray cats are becoming a big problem in our Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods and businesses. The familiar sight of a free-roaming cat typically causes little concern. In fact, many people end up giving food and even shelter to these undomesticated wild cats. But a feral cat can cause plenty of problems. With their high reproduction rate one little kitty can turn into a cat overpopulation bringing with it all sorts of nuisance activities - yowling, fighting and spraying. And the fact is, no matter how cute and tame these outdoor cats seem, they are wild and undomesticated and can create real health and safety concerns for you and your family.

Feral cats are the undomesticated version of the house cat (Felis silvestris catus) born outside of captivity. These free-roaming cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned house cats that have developed a fear of humans. Feral cats often form colonies around a common food source, such as a dumpster, open garbage dump, or where people offer handouts. Their high-rate of reproduction (a single female can have up to four litters every year!) results in overpopulation anywhere a good food supply and safe shelter can be found.

Are stray cats dangerous?

Yes! Feral cats by definition are not accustomed to humans. Any attempt to pet, trap or get close will be seen by these wild animals as a threat. These non-domesticated cats will respond at best, by running away and, at worst, scratching and biting. In addition to the obvious dangers of cuts and puncture wounds, diseases and infections can be spread from cats to humans. These include cat scratch disease, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, ringworm and roundworm, among others. And, while cats are not the primary source of rabies, people are infected every year with rabies transmitted by wild, unvaccinated cats.

How can I reduce the cat population around my home or business?

Remove all food sources including unsecured and unsanitary garbage bins. And, do not feed wild cats. Once you supply a food source, word will quickly spread and you will soon be supporting a large and uncontrollable feral cat colony.

What’s the best approach to removing a feral cat problem?

There are two approaches commonly used to manage and eliminate a stray cat problem: Trap and Remove or a Trap-Neuter-Return program. Regardless of the approach, both require a humane, effective trapping program using the right equipment along with experienced trapping and handling practices.

If you have a problem feral cat population around your home or business, call a licensed professional.

If you live in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area and you have an unruly and unsafe wild cat problem, do the best thing – remove all food sources and implement a trapping plan. Although seemingly tame, a feral cat is wild and should be approached with caution. Trapping should be conducted by a trained, licensed professional to ensure effective, as well as humane, removal of the animal. Critt'r Catch'r, professional animal control experts, can fully assess and address your animal nuisance problem.

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