Get Ready for National Feral Cat Day

Next Thursday is National Feral Cat Day. Wondering what National Feral Cat Day is? It was launched by Alley Cat Allies ‘to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.’ (from the National Feral Cat Day website). All over the country, various organizations have planned events to increase awareness, educate people and help these often-misunderstood kitties.

If you would like to learn more about feral cats, Cats in Tow ran a series of posts last year discussing several aspects of the feral cat issue. Click on the titles to read more: What to Do; First Step; Stray, Feral, Pet; The Feral Fix; Why TNR; Cat Colony Care; TNR: Humane Trapping; Colony Carer Help and More Help for Feral Cats. (all will have links)

Or better yet, get involved with National Feral Cat Day. Click here to find an event taking place near you. If you are in Orange County, the OCSPCA has organized a Feral Fix drive. Or contact your local rescue shelter to find out what you can do.

Feral cats are not wild animals. They have been domesticated by humans and need our help. What’s your plan for National Feral Cat Day?

What to do

You see a cat hanging around your house. Not your cat or a cat you know. Perhaps it looks well cared for and does not seem to fear you too much. Or perhaps it looks a bit rough, not very clean, thin and quite scared of you and others. You see it once, then twice, then several times a day. Then you see another cat.
Do you know what to do in this situation?  There are of course many things that you can do, but what is best for these cats?  What is best if they are truly feral?  How about if they are abandoned or lost pets?  They could be neutered/spayed, but if not you know things will only get worse.
If you don’t what to do, you are not alone.  That’s why Cats in Tow is happy to see that the Orange County SPCA has launched a new website with a great deal of information relating to lost pets, spaying and neutering, helping feral cat populations, pet care assistance for low-income households and more. 
Click here to learn more then share with your friends and family. Knowing where to go is a huge part of figuring out what to do!