Oct 162008
 

Today is National Feral Cat Day!

In honor of this day, and given that I’m a formerly feral cat, I thought I’d share some facts about feral cats.  Did you know that…

  • A feral cat is a wild animal that is of the same species as a domesticated cat. These cats are often the offspring of unaltered runaway cats or strays. They will not like humans unless they are socialized as kittens.

  • Feral cats live in forests, apartment complexes, and restaurant parking lots. Basically, they go where they can get food.

  • Feral cats are carnivores, but they often end up eating garbage.

  • There are an estimated 60 million to 120 million feral cats within the U.S. alone.

  • After age 6 months, cats can produce 3 litters of kittens per year. These litters have about two to four kittens in them on average.  Unfortunately, only a small amount of feral kittens survive.

  • Feral cats in managed colonies are approximately as healthy and live as long as their indoor counterparts.

  • Virtually 100% of the feral cats that are brought into our nation’s animal control pounds and shelters are killed.

When I was caught by the guy and the lady with the yellow hair, they thought about taking me to a shelter but they knew that without proper socializing, there was no way that I’d ever be adopted, and I probably wouldn’t be here today.  So they decided to keep me and socialize me themselves.  Besides, I’m so darn cute, they couldn’t resist me! 🙂 And the rest, as they say, is history….

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats.  Their mission is to end the killing of cats and lead the movement for their humane care.  In honor of National Feral Cat Day, I made the lady with the yellow hair send Alley Cat Allies a donation.  I hope you ask your humans to do the same.

  18 Responses to “It’s National Feral Cat Day!”

  1. I am so glad your humans are Alley Cat Allies Zoey. Humans who help out ferals are great people!

  2. Some of us are formally feral cats, too.
    We wish all cats could have happy homes, but Alley Cats is doing a great job for the ones that can’t.
    ~ The Bunch

  3. Zoey, we are so glad you are a formally feral cat … and we know just looking at your sweet face why your beans couldn’t resist you. We have feral cats living in our neighborhood, and our Aunt Cathie was able to catch one of them, but we worry at what his fate may have been once he got to the shelter 🙁 He was a handsome tuxie boy and she had gotten him to the point where she could pick him up and pet him, so we only hope he found a forever home like you did.
    Purrs and headbutts,
    Sabrina, Sam and Simon

  4. We were found outside alone after our catmum was scared away by all the noise at a building site. Mum and dad aren’t sure whether our mum was a feral, or if she was dumped when the people she lived with found out she was pregnant. We are very lucky we were found by good people, and we are very happy that you were, too!

  5. Our mommy’s a part of a TNR group here where we live. We are glad your beans took you in Zoey!!!

  6. Chica is also a former feral but we didn’t have such organizations in Egypt.
    How great you have found such a wonderful forever home!

  7. I am so glad you found such a wonderful home. Gemini is a formerly feral cat and we were lucky to catch her when she was very young.

  8. We’re so glad you were found! I was almost feral, if my Mommy hadn’t found me that day – oh I don’t even want to think about it!

    Jake

  9. Awww yer mom sounds like ours – she had to socialize Molly more than I when she founds us outside. (I was almost dead so warmed up to her more quick acuz she kept me fed and warm and not dead!)

  10. Great post Zoey – I am so happy that you did not have to go to a shelter! You’re right, the outcome would not have been good!
    Smooches!

  11. Zoey, you look an awful lot like Mom’s Office Kitty, Feather! We love Alley Cat Allies, too!

  12. Zoey
    We are glad you FORMERLY feral. You like my sisfur Gracie are some of the
    luckier ones. Ones that have found their forever homes. We purr all the time
    for those that are still out there on the street, searching for that loving home,
    like we have.

    purrs,

  13. Great facts Zoey!!
    I am mighty happy that you were adopted by your Mom & Dad!!
    You have a good home and I am glad to know you(and your family )
    Purrs Mickey

  14. You are one lucky kitty! I am so glad that your mom and dad were able to save you and give you a special forever home.

  15. Hooray fur Alley Cat Allies!

  16. feral cats are gorjuss too!

  17. Oh yes! We support ACA all the time! They do very good work in saving feral colonies around the US.

    Luf, Us

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