How old is My Kitty?  What are Ferals?  Taming Feral Kittens

The U.S. currently has a population of about sixty to one-hundred million feral cats.
A feral female is capable of producing twenty-four to thirty kittens a year. The traditional approach to reduction feral cat number by bringing them to a shelter is the same as a death sentence. One must take into account that it is not the cat's fault for the feline overpopulation. The fault lies with humans; the irresponsible owners, the people that want their children to witness the miracle of birth, the ones that think that it is natures' way.

TNVR Programs Help Cats and the Community!

In a TNVR program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal sign that a cat has been part of a TNVR program), and then returned to their outdoor homes.

Afterward, there are no more litters of kittens—the population is stabilized. TNVR stops the stress associated with pregnancy and mating behaviors, such as yowling or fighting. Not only is TNVR the effective, humane approach for outdoor cats, but it improves their lives. TNVR provides an effective, humane, and collaborative way for communities to coexist with cats.

The most tragic and upsetting aspect of working with feral cats is to see how completely vulnerable their kittens are to hunger and disease. The two go hand in hand; if the mother cat is unable to source sufficient food for her weaned kittens, they usually perish from upper respiratory tract infections, complicated by malnourishment and a heavy worm burden. Feral kittens have an extremely high mortality rate. 75% of kittens born to feral mother cats die or disappear within six months of birth. TNVR is the best way to help feral cats!

A Prayer For All Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering:
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

-Albert Schweitzer-

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Sources for information in this article:

Alley Cat Allies

Feral Cat Coalition, San Diego, CA

Feral Cat Coalition (Oregon)

Best Friends Animal Society