Feral Cat Day was originally created by Alley Cat Allies on their 10th anniversary in 2001, “to raise awareness about feral (also called community) cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and empower and mobilize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.” Feral Cat Facts
- Feral cats are also called community cats because they typically live in a colony or group of related cats. The colony takes over a specific territory where food and shelter are easily available. These resources may be provided by a restaurant dumpster or an abandoned building.
- Community cats are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans so they cannot be adopted.
- There is a difference between stray cats and feral cats. A stray cat is a pet cat that was lost or abandoned. A feral cat is the offspring of a domestic cat or another feral cat, and is born and raised in the wild.
A feral cat cannot be safely held or picked up, and feral cats need to be trapped in order to transport them safely.
- Ear tipping is a humane and safe way of marking a community cat to signal to others that they have been spayed or neutered. It involves the removal of the top quarter-inch of the left ear, and the procedure is performed by a licensed veterinarian.