Feral / Community Cats

“Community cat” is an umbrella definition that includes any un-owned cat. These cats may be “feral” (un-socialized) or friendly, may have been born into the wild or may be lost or abandoned pet cats. Some community cats are routinely fed by one or more community members, while others survive without human intervention. Whatever a cat’s individual circumstances, the term “community cat” reflects the reality that for these cats’ “home” is within the community rather than in an individual household. These free-roaming cats live in every neighborhood.

Community cats will most likely be euthanized if taken to a shelter. These cats do not have to be put to death. Stopping the cat’s breeding cycle is the humane and effective way to manage a community cat population growth. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs are the only effective method of controlling population growth.

Here are some effective ways to keep Community Cats out of your garden as suggested by “Alley Cat Allies” http://www.alleycat.org/deterrents.

1.      Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray with citrus-scented fragrances Coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats

2.      Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue over the garden.

3.      Use plastic carpet runners spike-side up, covered lightly in soil. They can be found at local hardware or office supply stores. Or, set chicken wire firmly into the dirt with sharp edges rolled under.

4.      Artfully arrange branches in a lattice-type pattern or wooden or plastic lattice fencing material over soil. You can disguise these by planting flowers and seeds in the openings. You can also try embedding wooden chopsticks, pine cones, or sticks with dull points deep into the soil with the tops exposed eight inches apart.

5.      Obtain Cat Scat™, a nonchemical cat and wildlife repellent consisting of plastic mats that are cut into smaller pieces and pressed into the soil. Each mat has flexible plastic spikes that are harmless to cats and other animals, but discourage digging. Available at www.gardeners.com.

6.      Cover exposed ground in flower beds with large, attractive river rocks to prevent cats from digging. (They have the added benefit of deterring weeds.)

7.      Establish a litter box by tilling the soil or placing sand in an out-of-the-way spot in your yard. Keep it clean and free of deposits.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project                                               Meow Cat Rescue
4001 – 198th St. SW Ste#3                                                              PO Box 58
Lynnwood, WA  98036                                                                     Kirkland, WA 98083
425-673-CATS                                                                                    425-822-6369
questions@feralcatproject.org                                                        info@meowcatrescue.org
www.feralcatproject.org                                                                   www.meowcatrescue.org

CARES’ goal is to return all stray animals in Burien to their rightful owners. Our contract with the city of Burien only provides for sheltering strays for 72 hours, so beyond 72 hours, CARES relies on volunteers to help foster and shelter strays until a suitable forever home can be found.

At this time, neither the City nor CARES has the facilities to quarantine or rehabilitate feral cats. See the website www.meowcatrescue.org for information about helping “Community Cats.”