A domestic feline that has been abandoned, lost or neglected and forced to live and survive on its own is called a "stray". The offspring of these stray cats, raised without human contact, develop a natural fear of people and become "wild". The wild offspring of domestic animals are called feral.
Why Do We Have Community/Feral Cats?
Human indifference is the root cause. This is most often attributed to uneducated pet guardians who do not spay or neuter their own pets, allowing them to roam and breed freely. This, combined with those who abandon or neglect their pets ads to the rise of the feral cat population.
Can the Community/Feral Cat Population Be Controlled Humanely?
YES! TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release) is a humane method of control that first began in England in the late 1970's. Studies have proven that TNVR is the single most effective method of stabilizing and maintaining feral cat colonies, with the least cost to government and residents. Pasco County offers a low cost TNVR option to all it's residents!
Be Part of the Solution!
Don't abandon your pets and report those who do to Animal Services!
Educate others on the benefits of spaying and neutering!