How Can I Humanely Dispose Of Feral Cats?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
The answer to your question really depends on what you mean by 'dispose'.

Guidelines for dealing with feral cats are usually based around a procedure known as TNR or Trap, Neuter, Return.

Whilst not all local councils offer TNR services, you'll find that most areas have some sort of cat welfare charity that will be willing to give you assistance.

Whatever you decide to do, I would advise that you opt for the most sensitive and humane approach. 'Disposing' of  a cat by harming it or treating it cruelly is not only immoral, it is also punishable by a custodial sentence or a fine.

How to deal with feral cats

The TNR approach that I mentioned above is the best recognized way to deal with a feral cat. It involves:

  • Catching the cat
  • Neutering it
  • Releasing it back into the wild
Lots of countries have national programs, with dedicated officers that you can call out.

The main benefit that this approach has is that it allows authorities to manage the feral cat population. Often, the biggest problem that feral cats pose is that their uncontrolled breeding leads to an unmanageable population which ends up spreading parasites and disease.

As far as deterring feral cats from visiting your property goes - there are a number of products available from most pet stores that are rather effective. These range from chemical sprays through to noise-based repellents.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have been researching this topic for several weeks, and have been in contact with many humane organizations. They all mentioned the TNR Trap Neuter Release method.

The only problem is that they will have to bring them back to you after getting "fixed" and you will most likely have to pay about $15 - $30 each to have it done. Unless you find an organization that will cover the costs through donations.

I just found a mother cat with kittens. I started feeding them but never caught more than a glimpse of the kittens. When I would enter the shed were they were hiding, they would run and hide under the junk.

I wanted to get a handle on how many cats/kittens I was dealing with so I decided to clean the shed. When I removed some of the junk the kittens began to scamper around and ran out of the hole in the back of the shed. There were about 5 or 6 of them. I would guess about 4-6 weeks old.

I have not seen them or momma kitty since. I hope that the momma cat found them and moved them to a safe place. I was really worried they took off in different directions and may not make it. Mom might have abandoned them.

I am still putting food out for them (the kittens) and something is consuming it, Perhaps another stray as their are a few other adult cats that hang around.

Typically, I would not feed the adult cats because of course they will never leave and they probably can get food on thier own. However when you are talking about kittens I can't let them starve.

If you are planning on trying to "get rid of" the cats I hope you remember that they are living animals - so please be humane about it.
Linda Walker Profile
Linda Walker answered
The best way to deal with ferral cats is to prevent them in the first place. Have your pets spayed or neutered so they won't become a problem for someone else.

Turning an unwanted pet out to fend for itself can be dangerous for both the animal and for humans as well.

My daughter has been feeding feral cats for a number of years. One of the cats went missing for a while. When she came back to my daughter's house, the cat was dirty and aggressive and attacked my daughter. It was learned that the cat had rabies.

Cats are real live animals with feelings and needs. Don't get one if you are not prepared to care for it forever.
Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Feral cats are those cats that were previously domesticated but now have become strays and have returned to an untamed state. They are also known as free-ranging cats.

They are also the wild offspring of domestic cats and are homeless due to their owners' abandonment.

Feral cats are elusive by nature and do not trust humans. They also have a tendency to breed uncontrolled which causes a lot of problems and increases the number of strays. 

Feral cats are not able to manage on their own after being domesticated for such a long time. Therefore their very existence becomes a problem after they are abandoned.

Many leave them in rural areas and think that they will turn back to their natural instincts which is wrong because they are not able to do so and therefore fall prey to other stray cats.

Therefore the humane way of disposing them is by trap-neuter-release. It is considered the most successful method of stabilizing feral cats.

Sterilizing these animals also ensures that their population is checked. Cats are humanely trapped, then evaluated and vaccinated and sterilized by TNR i.e. Trap-neuter-release.

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