Yavapai Humane Society In a perfect world, all cats would have a loving home, they would be spayed or neutered and they would be kept indoors. Stray cat problems
arise because unaltered pet cats are permitted to roam freely outdoors
and they either become feral (wild) over time and/or they produce feral
The only time a cat should ever be allowed outdoors
is when it is too feral to keep indoors and then only if it is spayed or
neutered so it doesn't contribute to feral cat overpopulation. However,
the responsibility for making sure feral cats are spayed or neutered often unfairly falls to a compassionate person who voluntarily steps up to feed them.
be known, these caregivers and their feral cats deserve our respect and
our support; they provide an important service to our developing
communities. They help alleviate pressure on our overcrowded shelters;
they help keep rodents in check without the use of pest control
chemicals that are toxic to the environment and dangerous to pets,
wildlife and children; and they help reduce rodent related public health
risks, such as the plague, the fatal Leptospirosis, Hantavirus
Pulmonary Syndrome, Murine Typhus, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonella enterica
serovar Typhimurium, and Eosinophilic Meningitis.
have taken the place of the diminishing wild animal populations in
preventing an overpopulation of rodents. This is why more and more U.S.
communities are joining Denmark, England, Israel and other countries in
relying on feral cats to serve as a "green" (environmentally friendly)
rat abatement program...Read more...