October 16th is National Feral Cat Day
National Feral Cat Day was founded by Alley Cat Allies on their 10th Anniversary in 2001. The purpose was to raise awareness of feral cats, also called community cats. Plus they are striving to educate and empower cat lovers with programs such as the Trap – Neuter – Return programs.
Many states and cities have Trap – Neuter – Return programs for feral cats. They will provide a humane trap to capture the cats, then provide neutering, and release them back into their community. Most programs will clip the tip of the ear on neuter cats prior to returning them so they are recaptured. This is the only way to help control the feral cat population. From 2003 to 2013 the number of local governments with official policies endorsing this program has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs. That number continues to grow each year.
Cats are part of the natural landscape. They have lived with humans for over 10,000 years. Feral cats are the same species as pet cats, living in groups called colonies, and are able to thrive in about every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore not able to be adopted.
The theme for National Feral Cat Day 2016 is “All Cats All Communities”. Every year more and more people respond to the need of feral cats, hold events, and take action. Since 2011, more than 2,773 events and activities have taken place.
If you have a friendly feral or feral cat colony that you are caring for, TEAM Pet Supply has an outdoor heated kitty house by K&H available for the cold days that are approaching.