Feral/Stray Cats


Feral is not another word for “stray.” A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted. Adult feral cats usually can’t be socialized and won’t adjust to living indoors or with a human family.


clip_image001_0001This cat has been eartipped, the universal sign that a feral is spay/neutered.

Feral cats are cats that have generally had little or no human contact, causing them to develop a natural fear of humans. Extreme caution must be used when handling feral cats. Not all homeless cats are feral; some may be strays who are lost or have been recently abandoned by humans. The only difference between a house cat and a feral is that feral cats have a strong fear of humans. They usually live in colonies near any food source that they can find: In neighborhoods, alleyways, apartment complexes, behind restaurants, on college/hospital campuses, and many other places.

All feral cats must be in a humane trap to be accepted for surgery.

clip_image001Feral cats may be brought to the clinic between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday morning to the back door. Robinson’s Rescue gives a rescue discount for feral cats which is $10 off the surgery price and $5 off the rabies vaccine price. All ferals must be in humane traps as pictured above. The clinic has some feral traps for you to use with a $60 deposit. Your money will be returned when the trap is brought back. All feral cats will be given an eartip, approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the universal sign a cat has been spayed or neutered. All cats over 3 months of age that are accepted for surgery are vaccinated for rabies.
Dissolvable sutures eliminate need for a follow-up visit to remove stitches. Please make sure you trap ferals before midnight and there is nothing to eat or drink in the trap after midnight.

Want to know more about trapping and care of feral cat colonies? Visit alleycat.org or neighborhoodcats.org for videos and tips on trapping and caring for feral cats.