October 16th is Feral Cat Day! There are far too many homeless kitties fending for themselves. Although these furballs may not always make good house pets, they still deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion. If you’re an animal lover, like us, you may be interested in trying to help them. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA, you’ll read some great suggestions on how to do just that.
Spay/Neuter Your Pets
One of the best things you can do for animal welfare is to get your own pets fixed. If you allow Fluffy to breed, you won’t be able to ensure that her kittens, and their offspring, never end up homeless. Plus, your cat will be calmer and healthier after being fixed. (Bonus: you won’t have to listen to your kitty’s amorous love songs.)
Supporting TNR programs is a great way to help homeless kitties. These Trap-Neuter-Release programs keep feral cats from reproducing, which really helps fight pet overpopulation. Given that one pair of cats can have 2,072,514 offspring in just eight years, this is definitely important! If there is a feral furball in your yard, look at Fluffy’s ears. Kitties that have been fixed usually have notches in their ears. If your feline friend’s ears are whole, consider getting her fixed.
Spreading awareness about Feral Cat Day is another way to promote good animal welfare. There are many ways to do this. Sharing posts about feral cats on social media is one great option. You can also volunteer at or make donations to shelters or rescue societies that help feral cats. When it comes to helping our feline friends, every little bit counts!
Do you have a barn? Feral kitties make great barn cats! These little furballs are often great hunters, and may be purrfectly happy to keep rodents away in exchange for food, shelter, and basic veterinary care.
Another way to help feral cats is to provide them with temporary shelters. A simple storage tote with a hole in one end and some newspapers inside will work just fine. You can also help homeless kitties by offering them food and water. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA animal clinic, anytime!