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There are tons of stray cats out behind my apartment. I'm talking about 8-10. Occasionally a bunch disappear (especially the kittens), but there's always a core group of 5-7 who I guess don't get caught and don't go elsewhere.<br><br>
These are absolutely feral cats-- not the ones I normally see that are stray but used to be owned. I'm willing to bet these are cats who were born and raised outside. They won't even come 5 feet near humans if you have food (I tested to see if I could try to get a kitten last time there was a batch of them around.) I've been around a lot of stray cats that have been owned before and if you are patient, you can get them to trust you. These ones are not like that at all.... they're just like the squirrels or birds around or whatever.<br><br>
Is there anything I can do to help them? This kind of cat will just be put to sleep immediately in a shelter. I'm not familiar with any spay&release type programs in the area.<br><br>
The core group, I guess they know what to do to survive since they've been here since before I moved in, through all kinds of weather and people etc, but I worry about the kittens when they show up... and I'm fairly sure the cats attack domestic cats that are allowed outside.<br><br>
Should I just leave them be as a part of nature, or should I be trying to do something?
 

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Try and do something: get in touch with a trap, neuter and release program in your area. The feral cats will be let go, if their kittens can be socialized they will, and you'll make a dent in the huge feral cat problem we have. And it's HUGE!<br><br>
And for anyone who reads this, never feed feral cat colonies, no matter how cute they are. You're not doing them any favors: cats that have a reliable food source will breed and breed and breed more feral cats. They also have great negative impact on other wildlife in the area (e.g., songbirds).
 

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QN, this group looks promising: <a href="http://atlantaanimalalliance.com/aaa/index.html" target="_blank">http://atlantaanimalalliance.com/aaa/index.html</a><br><br>
Why don't you contact them and ask if they have the resources to come out and do the trapping, or if they know someone who does?
 

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I was making reference to that girl whose name shall not be spoken who didn't understand what was wrong about feeding feral cats....<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Do did I <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Do did I as well.
 

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i looked at an apartment on friday maintained by a man who - after noticing many of his previous tenants had left their cats behind - bought all of them little dog houses, stuck them in a copse of trees, and had all of them neutered and spayed.<br><br>
one of his current tenants asked if she might feed them, so he buys her bags of cat food every month, and she goes out in the morning to make certain every one of them is fed. most of them have gone feral, but they love her.<br><br>
i told him he was a softy. he sorta blushed and said (in a near whisper), "yeah."<br><br>
there are about 25 of them, sitting in their little houses, climbing in the trees, and sitting in the sun.
 
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