Posted by animalcontrol on September 8, 2009
Professional wildlife control operators know how to legally and humanely capture and transport furious, fightened wild cats.
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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Posted by animalcontrol on August 27, 2009
Who wants to get rid of feral cats? Nearly everyone, but for different reasons.
Ogden, Utah, located about one hour north of Salt Lake City, Utah, is struggling with its feral cat population. This debate recently made headlines as city leaders, animal lovers and property owners tried to reach an agreement on the serious problem of feral cats.
Who wants to get rid of feral cats? Nearly everyone, but for different reasons. Animal lovers hate to see the animals suffer and die from disease and starvation. Bird lovers want to give the feathered friends a chance. Property owners are fed up with cat invasions. This doesn’t mean that anyone hates the cats, there are just too many of them and they continue to multiply.
Why do people want to get rid of feral cats? Feral cats tend to group together in colonies for survival. The animals spread diseases, can decimate the local bird populations and mess up property such as gardens and flower beds.
How to get rid of feral cats? It is such a difficult subject, and one that becomes more serious by the year. Some estimates suggest that there are more feral cats than owned feline pets in the United States—as many as 60-100 MILLION of them. While Trap-Neuter-Release programs do give some long term hope, these programs have been in effect for approximately 30 years and the feral population has grown during that time.
The only immediate solution is to trap the animals and take them to an animal shelter. That is what I do. The animals are treated humanely. If they are healthy and homes can be found for them, they are adopted out. If not, euthanasia spares them a slow, suffering death. It is not a cheerful subject. It is not something I like doing, but someone has to do it and it is for the best for everyone involved. Particularly if there are kittens involved, the sooner the animals are trapped and taken for appropriate care the better chance that they do not have a disease and can be tamed in preparation for a life as a well-loved pet.
Why not relocation? That just makes it someone else’s problem. If you didn’t want the cats what makes you think that someone else will feel differently about the animals.
Ogden didn’t come to a decision, but you can make a decision for yourself. Spay or neuter your pets. Encourage others to do the same. And, if it is ever needed, hire a feral cat removal professional who knows how to get rid of feral cats on your property.
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