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Feral Cat Relocation
updated: Nov 28, 2012, 10:56 AM

Source: Public Health Department

Got Mice? Feral Cats Will Work for Food

County Animal Services is seeking homes for feral cats received in the three community animal shelters. Feral cats are cats that are not socialized and have reverted to a more "wild" state. These cats are not adoptable to the normal household environment.

Animal Services is looking for citizens that can provide safe ranch, warehouse, or barn homes for these working cats. All cats are spayed or neutered, up to date with their vaccines, and given an overall health check. A yard check and instructions on how to acclimate the cats to their new home will be provided.

These cats are accustomed to foraging for their food and in many cases prove to be very good at rodent control. Although feral cats are not accustomed to human contact, they can build a bond with the people who are caring for them. Ideal homes should have a barn or shelter for the cats to be protected from the elements as well as predators. Caretakers need to be willing to feed the cats' everyday and provide them with basic needs.

Feral cats do not do well confined in a shelter setting and must be relocated as soon as possible. Animal Services is calling on our community to help us provide for these hardworking cats.

For more information on the feral cat adoption program please contact Stacy Silva at 805-934-6981.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 11:01 AM

I do have a mouse problem and I have an old retired cat that no longer eats the mice he watches them though. I think it's like kitty porno.


 COMMENT 347746 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 11:20 AM

yea, I'll say, do I have mouse problems. I am using the cheap one they sent me, and If I don't hold it EXACTLY sqaure with the desktop.......:)


 COMMENT 347771 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 12:06 PM

Hopefully these felines dine on rodents rather than native birds. If not euthanasia might be better.


 COMMENT 347783 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 12:14 PM

Would these cats eat gophers?


 COMMENT 347795 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 12:26 PM

771 are you saying that local ferile cats aren't native. so tired of people worrying that an animal might eat another animal. In your perfect world, what were they supposed to eat.


 COMMENT 347818 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 12:55 PM

Our cat eats gophers, but I've never known another cat who does this. And she isn't feral.


 COMMENT 347855P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 02:23 PM

Yes, cats eat rodents, and yes, ferals are homeless. But it RIDICULOUS for a government animal agency to invest resources into adopting out feral cats. Ridiculous. These animals will not get regular vaccinations, are too fractious to treat or rehabilitate after injuries, and--this is not a bleeding heart concern--will eat animals we like, such as native songbirds. I've never heard of a reputable animal shelter adopting out ferals. Ridiculous.


 SBROCKS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 02:54 PM

I have two feral cats that were to be put down at the shelter. They lived under the bed for two years. You would never know that these animals were once feral. They are so well adjusted and are the most loving animals ever. They love to be held and are just the best pets. Human kindness goes along way.


 COMMENT 347869 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:06 PM

I would have more fun sitting back in my chair with a BB gun shooting the mice than watching a cat have all the fun. If you put a jar of peanut butter near the problem area, it shouldn't be too hard to peck them off one at a time.


 COMMENT 347872P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:14 PM

I put peanut butter in my rat trap. They love it.


 RICHYRICH agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:22 PM

They will not eradicate a rodent problem, but they will kill gobs of lizards and natural birds in your yard. Eventually you will have a rather sterile looking yard in the daytime, with rodents still sneeking about in the night.


 COMMENT 347888 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:37 PM

771 Here. Am sayin local ferile cats is parnicious! Feral cats are not native or special. May the bobcats and mountain lions stuff themselves (on feral cats or whatever) and may I get a deer this year. Yum!


 COMMENT 347892 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:48 PM

This says everything about our local AC. They are actually recommending people take these animals and let them roam outdoors?????? In educated countries even the general non-pet-oriented public is aware that allowing cats outside uncaged is environmentally irresponsible. I suggest our AC inform themselves - read some studies and help prevent more damage to this earth we all rely on. Only the latest of MANY demonstrations of ignorance from our AC. Embarrassing.


 COMMENT 347894 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 03:52 PM

Richyrich, sorry, my cat Bob lived for 15 years and was an expert at catching rats. Never a bird feather or lizard was found in 15 years. So, you were saying? Btw, I have many photos of his kills just for people like you.


 COMMENT 347897P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 04:01 PM

892: They're saying "Animal Services is looking for citizens that can provide safe ranch, warehouse, or barn homes for these working cats."

In Santa Barbara the highly praised "catalyst for cats" takes in strays/ferals, neuters them and then insists they be returned to the usually residential area found. What the A. C. is trying to do is find a working home for these unfortunate creatures.

fwiw, I am a bird lover and am more than saddened by the damage done by domestic cats; but I also appreciate that ranches and warehouses have rodent problems.


 COMMENT 347925 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 05:15 PM

My Yellow Lab 'Luke' caught a gopher in our yard, brought it inside while I was away, and gummed it to death. I found it on the tile floor in our bedroom...now, that's a good dog!


 COMMENT 347942 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 05:57 PM

892 hit the nail on the head. This program, if that's what it is, is unethical, backward, and based on not only ignorance, but also a total flouting of all common sense and known facts about the quality of life of typical feral cats.
The cats can not be taken to a vet to have vaccination boosters. Is the typical ranch manager or warehouse supervisor going to rent a humane trap and bring a fractious cat to a Clinic? I don't think so. So they will spread diseases prolifically. The same goes for when they get injured or sick: They cannot be medicated. Have you ever met a cat with advanced ear mite infection? It's sickening to see how much misery and pain a cat with advanced ear mites is in. Because of these issues, not to mention poisoning, the risk of being hit by cars, or injured by wildlife or man-made hazards, feral cats on average have a lifespan as short as two years. I admire the woman who said she adopted ferals and they had a normal life. But these cats are not going to have a bed to hide under for two years. Nor are they getting owner with the time or motivation to be so patient.
If our values as a society say that being responsible just mean we want to park feral cats for a couple of years until they die, then this is a brilliant program. But if our values tell us to treat animals humanely and compassionately, then this is an epic fail.
The only hard work that's going on here is a disingenuous scheme to lower euthanasia rates. Oh, and yard check? Seriously!!?


 COMMENT 347973P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 07:11 PM

855 I disagree with you about the animal shelter trying to adopt out feral cats.I have a friend whom had a terrible problem with rats, mice, gophers, skunks & possums He got himslef 15 feral cats and no more problems with rodents in the houses or farm. I also have a feral colony of cats I care for. They were wild when i started with them and now they are tame. Catalyst for cats neutered them, healed them and made sure many find homes. I have had 10 cats find homes . I have a feral cat at my home for 2 years who is doing just fine. Many of the cats once did have homes and loving families. I believe people dump them off when they don't know what to do with them or leave them behind when they move. One of my cats here at my home caught total of 5 mice & rats in 1 week. He also cleared my property of gophers . I agree with 892. It is not Ridiculous to try to find homes for these animals. Anyone who doesn't believe in feral cats being tamed down can come and witness it for themselves. Just let me know.. seeing is believing.


 COMMENT 348004 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 08:54 PM

So to all those who are so worried about the feral cats not being spayed, not getting shots , ear mites and so on are you taking all the bobcats mountain lions and wild birds so they can can be treated. If you think about it you make no sense. Why is it ok for one animal to live free and not the other? I hope somebody saves these cats.


 COMMENT 348068 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 07:22 AM

Bravo Nature Advocate!!

All City Folk owe it to themselves to read this deleted comment!


 COMMENT 348115 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 08:49 AM

Cats can take birds - though mine don't and my male walks around with a scrub jay now. But don't underestimate the damage rodents can do to birds as well. Rats love eggs.....


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 09:00 AM

@Dan don't listen to trolls people just like to piss you off I can tell Bob was very smart just by looking at his pictures.


 COMMENT 348121 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 09:02 AM

Thank you 004, exactly what I was thinking, I have done rescue in shelters where there are 6 or 7 animals in a cage, and they barely have 24 hours to be adopted before being euthanized. Ferral cats, along with pregnant cats, young kittens and any other animal that is the slightest bit difficult is put down on the spot. These animal workers do an amazing job in an impossible situation and if they have the ability to save these cats then good for them! I live in the country and have a former barn cat/mouser, who is great at her job and has been for many years and wouldn't mind adding another...


 COMMENT 348146 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 09:41 AM

068 - I agree with you! All the City and County Animal Control people should read Nature Advocate's deleted comments.


 COMMENT 348283 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 12:19 PM

Has anyone ever heard of using native non-poisonous (such as King) snakes in the same way? How might this be done?


 COMMENT 348471 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 05:04 PM

I have 2 loving tame cats that were feral. One eats only cat food, the other is a super good mouser. (Not birds)


 COMMENT 348498P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 05:45 PM

That's one word that won't be allowed on this board -- by READERS!
It's gotten really bad; very unpleasant here.


 COMMENT 348598 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-29 10:56 PM

I'd like to hear a large animal vet discuss Nature Advocate's assertions.

NA: you do realize that these treated cats are STERILE?


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