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Celebrate National Feral Cat Day: Put Your Best Paw Forward for Community Cats

Why not get out and enjoy the great fall weather and help Sacramento areas’ community cats at the same time?  You can actually help reduce the homeless cat overpopulation in our community by joining fellow animal people in the 8th Annual "Put Your Best Paw Forward" walk on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

The annual community walkathon is sponsored by the Coalition for Community Cats as a fundraiser to help reduce the population of feral, stray and free-roaming cats through public education, TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return), and to support groups and individuals who manage Sacramento’s abandoned cats and cat colonies. Everyone is invited to walk and also learn more about the organization.

What Is A Community Cat?

Community cats are the abandoned cats that you see in and around shopping centers, alleys, restaurants and even in residential areas.  Many people think cats can survive on their own, but unfortunately, these cats face extreme hazards from starvation, predation, disease and injury.

Many are cats who were not spayed or neutered before abandoned. Left on their own, the female cats have kittens — and then their kittens have kittens. These second-, third- and fourth-generation cats become wild and fearful of humans. These cats are called FERALS and often cannot be domesticated. They reproduce at rapid rates:  in just seven years, one female and one male cat and all of their kittens can produce 420,000 offspring!

Feral, Colony Cats or Free-roaming?

Most cat colonies consist of a mixture of ferals, "semi-ferals" and domesticated drop-offs. The 100% feral colonies exist, but they are not the majority. Many colony cats approachable by their "feeders" tame down significantly if neutered, to the point where quite a few can be considered domesticated enough for adoption. Others "settle" into calmer temperaments and become less flighty. They don’t want to be someone’s couch potato, but they’re no longer influenced by their hormones and the stress that comes with being an intact animal.

What to Do With Feral Cats?

The Vacuum Effect:

Trapping and killing feral cats has been the traditional method of feral cat control.  However, this method has been shown to be ineffective, as once the feral cats are removed, new cats move in and repopulate the area and everything is back to square one.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR):

Trap, Neuter and Return or TNR is the most successfully proven and humane method of reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves methodically trapping the cats, spaying/neutering them, and then returning them to their original location. Cats that are social enough to be adopted are placed into new homes. The cat colony stabilizes, fighting diminishes, and populations can be reduced through natural attrition.

(Source:  Coalition for Community Cats)


Special note:  LAPCATS-own Zahira will be walking for the cats on October 16th!  If you can’t join her but would like to contribute or pledge your support for her efforts, please contact her at or stop in and visit with her in the LAPCATS Adoption Center next Saturday, October 13th, between 1-3 PM during adoption hours.

October 7, 2012 - Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Education, Events, Fundraising, Pet overpopulation, Volunteers | , , , , , , ,

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