Good morning from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, here’s another interesting blog from Dan DeFreest. Although our doors are closed for the season, our minds are always open.
Did you know that we have wild cats living right here in our towns and cities? Feral cats have become a problem in many communities around the country. Most people would refer to any cat without a home as a stray cat. In fact, feral cats and stray cats are not one-in-the same.
A stray cat is a cat that has become lost or strayed from their home. A feral cat is a cat that has either been born in the wild, or a stray or abandoned cat that has returned to the wild. In time, if a stray cat becomes a feral cat, it will no longer trust humans.
There are basic ways to tell the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat. Stray cats will be comfortable approaching humans, they will make eye contact and be vocal. Feral cats will travel with other cats, will avoid human contact and will instinctively be quiet and stealth.
There is no way of knowing how many feral cats are living in the US, however some estimates are more than 50 million and perhaps only 1 – 2% are spayed or neutered.
Each day, according to the feralcatproject.org, approximately 25,000 cats die in shelters around the country. Humans are the number one problem, we need to be more responsible and not get caught up in how cute a kitten is without being aware of the consequences of the overpopulation problems plaguing our country. Being a responsible pet owner is always the first step to helping to find some answers to the issue of feral cats.
T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach is dedicated to the survival and preservation of all animals, great and small. To find out what you can do to help, visit our website as well as your local humane society and begin educating yourself to the importance of saving our animals.