Feral/stray cat colony and injured cat.

Canada
April 8, 2011 8:16pm CST
I'm desperate to get help with the injured cat that's living in my backyard, and so far I keep running into brick walls. Our local animal services center will only destroy the injured cat, she's afraid of everyone, wont even come very close to me although I'm feeding her. There are several strays living on our street. The majority of them are unfixed(obviously) males that spray everywhere they can, and I witnessed that earlier today. I have an unfixed indoor cat and he doesn't spray, at least not that I've seen in the past, but these cats outside do. So I'm trying to find a way to get this poor cat some help, have her spayed and then released back in the area. But from what I've read, most cats that are released back, they take off and are never seen again. I'd like to be able to help all the cats, but I know I can't. I really hope that there aren't more than the ones I know about, we really don't need more living around here. The injured cat is known to live in our back shed, she was scared out of there the other day, I don't know if that's when she got hurt, or if she got into a fight or something. I don't think I'll ever find out. Have you ever dealt with feral/stray colonies of cats? I just don't know what to do, and am waiting for some answers from others who have dealt with this in the past. Hopefully this can be dealt with in the coming days and have a happy ending.
2 responses
@joystick (1680)
14 Apr 11
Oh, my friend is just like you, she feeds a stray can or 10 more to the point, plus any other cats that come in her cat flap.There are alot of people that dump, or do not get their cats fixed, so this is a really big problem.I know that my friend was going to trap a cat in her kitchen once, but it really went mental, she checked its cut had healed and let it out, now if it was in a bad way she would have called a vet, or rspca.All i can say is to try to gain its trust, try to keep it warm and feed it, you never know it may come to you in the finish.Good luck.Wish everyone was like you and my friend.
@jugsjugs (13046)
10 Apr 11
A friend of mine feeds all the stray cats, in her area on a farmers land.Even after her feeding them for a few years she is still unable to reach out and touch them.If like your cat was in a smaller place then it is easier to gain the cats trust.Sit by the food that you put down for the cat and wait for her to come to the food, after a few times try to reach out to the cat, or get closer to the cat.If you are thinking of just grabbing the cat, then beware as they really do claw, i use to work in a cats home, with domestic pet cats as well as ferrel cats.