UPDATE: Feral Cats near Salt Lake City, UT
Posted by animalcontrol on September 8, 2009
Feral cats continue to be a concern in Ogden, Utah, about one hour north of Salt Lake City, Utah. I wrote a few weeks ago that the issue was debated, but tabled, by the city council. Now, they have again discussed and tabled the issue. Read the original news report here.
This incident from a single city reflects our nationwide difficulty in getting rid of feral cats. There are so many of these pitiful, abandoned creatures, and it is such an emotional issue to decide what to do with them. As the article suggests, trapping feral cats and taking them to a shelter may be the only solution that provides humane treatment to the animals while respecting personal property and preferences and the rights of neighbors to live in peace and free of mess, stink, noise and disease.
The article mentions that one wishing to get rid of feral cats can rent a trap from the city or county in which they live. This is sometimes true, but the article does not give tips on how to catch momma cats with their kittens or, indeed, how to safely transport the furious, frightened wild animals to your local shelter. It does not give suggestions on the removal of an entire colony or how to prevent future feral infestations.
The animals cannot be relocated, or dumped, on a farm outside of town. It is usually illegal to get rid of feral cats in this way, as well as unfair to the owners of the property where you dump them and dangerous for the animals, too. They will have to fight for territory and food, if there is any. A very high percentage of relocated animals die of injury, disease or starvation. Local animal shelters give the animals their best chance.
If you really want to get rid of feral cats, consider professional trapping services. It is much easier on you, but it is also much easier on the animals. Professionals understand trap placement and proper and legal animal removal and transportation.
I am sure this isn’t the last word on this subject. The problem of feral cats and how to get rid of them is growing and will be with us for a long time.
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