FERAL CAT RESOURCES
Feral cats are descended from domestic cats but are born and live without human contact. Any environment that sustains people can sustain feral cats, who are known to have thrived in urban, suburban, and rural areas in all parts of the civilized world. They are not to be confused with wild cats or stray cats (alley cats). Wild cats are descendants of wild species. Stray cats are homeless descendants of domestic cats, but unlike feral cats, have had prior contact with humans and therefore exhibit temperament similar to that of a domestic cat.
Feral cats may live alone but are usually found in large groups called feral colonies. These colonies tend to meet two essential criteria: a good hiding place (often a small wooded area, or abandoned buildings or cars) and a food source. This is why they are often seen near restaurant dumpsters. The average life span of a feral cat that survives beyond kittenhood is about two years for individual cats and five years for cats in a managed colony. An indoor domestic housecat lives an average of 12 to 18 years, though not uncommonly, indoor-only cats have been known to live to their early 20's.
Due to a lack of volunteer and financial resources, A Caring Place no longer has an active feral cat program. Therefore, we have compiled a list of web sites for you to visit that can provide you with more information on feral cats, Trap-Neuter-Return [T.N.R] and simple things you can do to help feral cats in your area.
The National Feral Cat Resource
ASPCA Cares Program: implementing TNR in your community
- Pets 911
Offering information on adoptions, lost and found, spaying and neutering and feral cats
- New York City’s Feral Cat Resource
- PAWS Chicago
Offering information on low cost spay/neuter, adoptions, vaccinations for dogs and cats in Chicago.
- Spay and Stay
Step by step instructions and photos of "How-to" pages on building feral cat shelter and how to trap.