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Is it ok to declaw my cat?

No, its not! Complications of declawing include chronic pain, nerve damage and recurrent infections. Some cats may even stop using the litter tray because the grit hurts them. Walking also may become difficult because they have no toes and they won’t be able to balance properly. Without claws cats can’t defend themselves or climb a tree. Declawing is an unneccessary practice instead cat owners should train their cats to use a scratch post.

Why can’t feral cats be socialized and then adopted into homes?

A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people diminished over time. They are not socialized and cannot be touched, except sometimes by the people that feed them.

The ideal window for socializing a feral kitten is 12 weeks of age or younger. Beyond that it is very difficult to tame them and they may never socialize. Trying to tame them at that age is dangerous and stressful. Feral cats live happy lives outdoors and the best thing that can be done for them is to leave them and Trap-Neuter-Return.

Why adopt from a shelter and not a breeder?

People always assume that animals from a shelter have something wrong with them. Most end up there because of ignorant, lazy, irresponsible owners. These shelter animals usually make the best pets. By adopting from a shelter you will be saving a life and you will be an example to others. Breeders unlike most shelters don’t usually sterilize hence contributing to the many unwanted animals. And finally you will have a sense of fulfillment knowing you rescued a shelter animal and in return it will give lots of love and pleasure.

What are the benefits of TNR in the community?

Trap-Neuter-Return is a successful way of stabilizing a feral cat colony because there will be no more kittens. Once the cats have been sterilized the chances of them yowling, fighting with other cats and spraying diminishes. These cats can still serve the community by providing natural rodent control, which is beneficial in both rural and urban environments.

What’s the difference between a feral cat and a stray cat?

A feral cat is a domestic cat that turned wild due to a number of reasons. These are cats that were lost or abandoned and then learned to live outdoors or environments with very little human contact. A stray cat on the other hand is someone’s pet that is lost or abandoned.