Today is National Feral Cat Day — a day for everybuddy to think about the outdoor kitties. Y’know, the ones that look like they don’t have a home? Feral cats live in every community. They’re the same as domestic cats ‘cept they’re not socialized to humans so they can’t be adopted into forever homes.
Did you know that being killed in an animal shelter is the #1 documented cause of death for cats in the U.S.? Over 70% of cats that enter animal shelters are killed and nearly all feral cats brought to shelters are killed right away ‘cuz they’re not socialized and can’t be adopted into homes. Jeez, that is so sad.
The She Devil Zoey…okay, okay..I’ll stop calling her that…is our semi-feral. When the mom and dad-guy trapped her, she was wild and scared of everything. The mom thought about taking her to a shelter instead of having her come live here, but she knew knew that without proper socializing, there was no way Zoey would ever be adopted and she probably wouldn’t be here today. Hmmm…maybe that wouldn’t have been so bad. Okay, okay…that would be bad. So Zoey came to live with us and, seriously, she’s come a long way from what she once was.
But most feral cats really can’t be socialized so the best and humane way to help them is through the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, which keeps feral cats from breeding and helps them and humans to co-exist peacefully. It also ends alot of bad behaviors associated with outdoor cats like yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming.
Thankfully there are organizations like Alley Cat Allies whose mission is to advocate for the humane treatment of feral cats. Click HERE to visit the Alley Cat Allies website and learn about ways you can help the feral cats.
In honor of National Feral Cat Day, I vow to be nice to Zoey. I promise not to hiss at her or call her the She Devil. Good thing this Feral Cat Day is only one day a year! Okay, okay…I promise I’ll be nice to her other days, too!