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Can you relocate feral cats?

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Feral cats gather where there are resources: food, water, and shelter. When an existing colony is relocated, a new group will soon discover the same resources and move in to “fill the vacuum.”

Because cats are very territorial, a relocated cat may try to find its way back, getting injured or killed on the way. The new area may already have an established colony or it may lack food, water, or shelter. Unless a colony’s life is in danger, most experts agree that relocation is almost always a bad solution.

From: Helping Stray and Feral Cats WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; author, Canine and Feline Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends.

Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD, senior director of epidemiology, animal health services, ASPCA, Urbana, Ill; author, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives & Recommendations.

Humane Society of the United States: “Feral Cats: Frequently Asked Questions” and “Testimonials Describing the Advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for Feral Cats.”

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab Utah: “Caring for Feral Cats.”

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, Seattle: “Feeding Stray Cats? You’re Not Alone.”

ASPCA: “Feral Cats FAQ.”

American Association of Feline Practitioners: “Trap Neuter Return of Feral Cats.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; author, Canine and Feline Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends.

Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD, senior director of epidemiology, animal health services, ASPCA, Urbana, Ill; author, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives & Recommendations.

Humane Society of the United States: “Feral Cats: Frequently Asked Questions” and “Testimonials Describing the Advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for Feral Cats.”

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab Utah: “Caring for Feral Cats.”

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, Seattle: “Feeding Stray Cats? You’re Not Alone.”

ASPCA: “Feral Cats FAQ.”

American Association of Feline Practitioners: “Trap Neuter Return of Feral Cats.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 2, 2019

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