Feral Cats

How do you know if you have a feral cat problem? Chances are, you’ve seen them. Feral cats sometimes are not very secretive about their actions. Although you probably can’t get close enough to catch these creatures, I’m sure you’ve seen them stalking birds and bugs in your yard.  …They’re also probably keeping an eye on your trash! No worries—there are great ways to persuade feral cats to live somewhere else.

If you are interested in keeping feral cats out of your yard, repellents work really well.  Some smell or taste bad, keeping all wildlife out of the area; while others deter feral cats by squirting water. These unique systems are motion activated; shooting a squirt of water when something triggers it. These deterrents are great for keeping feral cats out of your yard, but to truly, permanently eliminate the feral cat problem, a Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program works best.

Before you try to humanely trap a feral cat, make arrangements with your vet. Let her know that you will be bringing in a feral cat, that the stitches need to be dissolvable, and that she will need to be vaccinated. Set the humane live trap in an area where you’ve seen the cats before, taking care to place it in a level, unexposed area. After the feral cat is trapped, bring her to the vet for neutering and vaccinations. Release her where you found her when the process is finished. This will ensure the feral cats in your neighborhood are not reproducing! Many places offer low-cost spaying and neutering services. - The National Humane Education Society

Ingham County Animal Control does have an active TNR program. If you are having difficulties with a feral cat colony, please contact 517-676-8370 to inquire about TNR arrangements.