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.
This 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.
Feral cats may be brought to the clinic between 7am and 8am 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. If you do not want the cat ear tipped, you can pay full price for the surgery and rabies vaccine. 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.