Healthy, Happy, & Cared For
According to Alley Cats Allies, "Community cats, also called feral cats, are unowned cats who live outdoors. Like indoor cats, they belong to the domestic cat species (felis catus). However, community cats are generally not socialized, or friendly, to people, and are therefore unadoptable. They live full, healthy lives with their feline families, called colonies, in their outdoor homes."
Cats living outdoors is nothing new. It wasn’t until kitty litter was invented in the late 1940s that some cats began living strictly indoors. But community cats truly thrive in their outdoor homes, and even those that seem friendly would rather live outside. Leave them there! The tips you find here will help you coexist with community cats.
Please remember: Do not take community cats to animal shelters. They are feral—or unsocialized to people—and therefore unadoptable. This means virtually 100 percent of community cats taken to shelters are euthanized there. Instead, community cats should be neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes."
DID YOU KNOW?
Ear-tipping is the universally accepted way to tell whether a feral cat has been neutered or spayed. This is typically performed as part of a TNR (trap-neuter-release) program. This procedure also includes vaccinating the cats and returning them to their colony.