We’ve had the occasional feral cat come through our yard over the years. It was never a big deal. They would just come and go. One cat in particular was actually pretty friendly and she and Ryan became fast friends. As much as he loved that cat, we couldn’t and still can’t have furry pets in this house with all the asthma and allergies that plague us. It looked as though that unfortunate yet friendly cat would be enduring the long cold winter in our shed. Her life got a whole lot better when a friend of mine adopted her and gave her a good home – a very lucky kitty indeed.
Now we have a family of four feral cats that seem to love our backyard. They cut through the woods from the direction of our neighbor’s house.
There are four cats in this photo below. One is behind the white cat.
Here are the two siblings playing.
My neighbor is a welder and a farmer, and we’ve had quite a few of his animals in our yard over the years – his dog, his chickens, a rabbit, and I do recall some piglets made their way over here as well. I don’t know if my neighbors currently have any domesticated house cats. I am pretty sure these are stray barn cats, aka feral cats. It’s really no big deal to me that the cats like to stop by……
But maybe it should be….
I got to browsing around to find out more about feral cats. According to www.aaanimalcontrol.com:
A single pair of feral cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years. However, their life expectancy in the wild is only between two to eight years. That’s cRaZy!
Feral cats can carry a host of diseases as well as fleas, intestinal microorganisms, ear mites, ringworms and respiratory infections.
Stray cats are a source of fatal and non-fatal diseases transmittable to humans and domestic cats, including rabies, ringworm, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch fever, allergies, feline leukemia, feline distemper and secondary bacterial infections.
If they become a problem, we will have to figure something out. At this time, Animal Control does not respond to “cat calls.”
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