A stray cat is a cat that has been allowed to roam by its owner and has been unable to find its way home.
A feral cat is a cat that has been abandoned or the offspring of an abandoned cat and does not live under the direct supervision of a human but will live and reproduce near human population.
The Feral Cat Coalition estimates that there are over 60 million stray cats in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are an additional 5 million domestic cats abandoned annually.
A female cat is capable of reproducing two litters per year producing two to ten kittens per litter.
To place these numbers in perspective, the AVMA 1993 US Pet Ownership and Demographic study estimates that there are 57 million domestic cats as of 1991.
The existing stray cat population and its annual replenishment through natural reproduction and abandonment of domestic cats causes significant problems.
The average life span for a stray cat is 3 to 5 years. Eventually they will die from starvation, disease, dogs, or motor vehicles. Failure to prevent or control a stray cat population amounts to inhumane treatment.
Havahart® offers a variety of humane feral cat control solutions such as cat repellents and cat traps to help you with your feral cat control needs.