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Feral Cat Control in Sacramento

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Feral Cat

Feral cats tend to be nocturnal, but are sometimes sighted during the day – primarily in the early morning and twilight hours. Feral housecats wreak havoc on the natural systems. They feed extensively on native animals such as birds, rodents, reptiles, rabbits and other wildlife. This of course lowers the carrying capacity of the area for native animal predators that belong here, such as raccoons, foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Feral cats also serve as a reservoir for a host of human and wildlife diseases and parasites, including rabies, FIV (“feline AIDS”) and feline leukemia.

Feral housecats are very prolific, producing up to three litters of 2 to 10 kittens per year. They are fertile at 4-6 months of age, and they reproduce exponentially – one pair of breeding cats can potentially produce 420,000 offspring in just seven years! However, life is not easy for feral housecats and, for the most part, they have an extremely short lifespan (about 3 to 5 years, as opposed to 15-20+ years in captivity). Many feral housecats die at a young age due to disease, predation and starvation.

Feral cat eating a cottontail rabbit.

Feral kittens can make very nice pets, especially if they can be captured when they are very young (6-8 weeks). Extreme caution should be taken since feral mother cats are very protective and will vigorously defend their young. Do not try to catch feral cats.