Quick Feral Cat Facts
- A feral cat is a wild animal, not to be confused with a stray which once was someone’s pet
- One unaltered female and her offspring can produce over 420,000 cats in seven years
- Average Life Span: 3-5 years in the wild
- Feral Cats suffer from disease, animal attacks, starvation, and vehicle accidents
- Diet: Carnivore
Is your nuisance animal a Feral Cat or Stray Cat?
Here are a few feral cat facts that may surprise you. Feral and Stray cats are an increasing issue in the United States. The Feral Cat Coalition estimates there are over 60 million stray and feral cats in the U.S. Many people have issues with cats killing songbirds, or using their garden and landscaping as a litter box.
havahart® Feral Cat solutions
Information on Feral Cats — Live Trapping
Many organizations have Trap, Neuter, Release/Adopt programs. Before catching feral cats via trapping, call your local humane league, SPCA or similar organization to discuss their suggested method of rescuing feral or stray cats and all of the options available to you. It is best to follow the guidelines they endorse when transporting the caged cat to their organization.
The Havahart® Stray Cat Rescue Kit (Model 1099) is ideal for catching feral cats and strays, as well as for transporting and short term care. Easy to set, bait, and release. The kit includes rescue cage, cage divider, cover, door hook, and complete instructions.
For optimum feral cat catching, don’t feed the cats the day/night before you are going to trap so the cats will be hungry, and will go into the trap to eat the bait you’ve placed. Plan to trap the cat the day or night before you’ve planned the surgery if you’re participating in a TNR program.
The best bait for luring and catching feral cats:
- Oil of catnip
- Canned Tuna
- Generally, any kind of smelly food!
Expert Trapping Tips
- Don’t trap in rain or the heat of day. Cats are vulnerable in the traps and could drown during storms or suffer from heatstroke in the sun
- Check the trap frequently – make sure to bring the trapped cat in a garage or basement and in from the elements of the outdoors
- After catching a feral cat, make sure to give the cat some water if you’re holding it overnight before surgery
- Make sure you line your vehicle with towels or newspaper for transporting the cat, to protect your upholstery from any mess
- If returning the cat after surgery, make sure you release where they were captured; if you release in an area they are unfamiliar with, they will become disoriented and could die
Information on Feral Cat Repellents
If you’re having trouble with feral cats spray-marking around your porch our house, make sure to clean it off whenever you can. If you don’t want to trap a feral cat, but want to keep it off your property, Havahart® Critter Ridder is a good multi-surface and perimeter protection solution. It contains hot pepper ingredients that will burn a cat’s sense of taste, smell, and touch when they come into contact. It sends a harmless, yet strong signal that they are to stay off your lawn.
Everybody knows the typical cat hates water, so motion activated sprinklers are another great cat control option. Havahart® Spray Away’s use only water and noise to repel stray cats, and can be placed anywhere in your yard – a less obtrusive solution to fencing. They work by using infrared sensors to detect the animal’s heat and movement, and spray a quick burst of water when the animal gets near the protected area.