3 Words for Beating Cat Overpopulation: Trap, Neuter, Return

With complaints of both stray and feral populations causing a drain on a community’s finances, the option to institute a local TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program seems a wise one. This program offers benefits that will pay off in the long run. It not only fulfills a public need, it …

What to Do With Stray Cats

As a cat lover, it saddens me to know that there are so many homeless cats in the world. According to the ASPCA, there could be as many as 70 million stray cats in the United States. Stray cats can also be a nuisance, as they often raid trashcans and …

How to Make a Trap for Animals: Why Building Your Own Trap Is Not Effective

How to make a beaver trap … how to make an opossum trap … how to make a vole trap … how to build an armadillo trap … how to make a chipmunk trap … in my line of work, people are constantly asking me how to make a trap …

How to Trap a Cat Effectively

Usually when people think about nuisance animals, a cat isn’t necessarily the first critter that comes to mind. In my role as an animal control professional, however, I get a surprising number of calls from people asking for help dealing with a rogue cat that is digging up their garden, …

What to Do When You Find a Stray Dog or Cat

We’ve all come across a stray dog or cat at one time or another. The animal might be wandering alongside the road or, worse, in the middle of traffic. Sometimes a hungry, abandoned dog or cat might even show up at our back door in search of food. While your …

Giving Back: Organizations That Help Stray and Wild Animals

The statistics regarding stray animals in the United States are alarming. According to the ASPCA, 5 to 7 million “companion” animals (primarily cats and dogs) enter animal shelters each year. Sadly, 3 to 4 million (roughly 60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats) end up being euthanized due …

How to Help Animals after a Disaster like Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many people have returned to homes devastated by floods, extreme wind and rain, and power outages. As people evacuated, the primary concern was keeping their families safe. Therefore, many in the danger zone had to make a tough decision—to try to bring the family …

The Benefits of Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Return TNR Programs vs. Euthanasia

Feral and stray cats are the greatest source of cat overpopulation in the United States. A large percentage of feral cats are euthanized each year and governments are trying to implement “catch and kill” programs to decrease the cat population. Feral cats deserve to be treated humanely and be given …

The Eccentric Life and Times of Frank the Cat

Any cat owner is sure to tell you that felines march to the beat of their own drummer. Over time, they develop their own unique set of quirks that can only leave their owners to scratch their heads and say to themselves, “What in the world is going on inside …

Why You Should Adopt Pets from Rescues and Shelters

I’m a cat lover. I grew up with cats and there’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t had one. When my husband and I got married, we adopted a kitten from a horse farm.

Jack was our first fur child. He’s all black with beautiful green …

The Hunting Expertise of the Domestic Cat

Cats are renowned for their expert hunting skills. From the time they’re kittens, they perform their instinctive stalking ritual of slowly creeping up on their prey and waiting until the precise moment to strike. It doesn’t matter much whether the object is a living thing or a crumpled piece of …

Abandoned Kittens Become Part of Our Family

The weather was warm for an April morning, so I opened my bedroom window. I heard a mewing sound, but couldn’t identify its source. I thought little of the sound and went on with my day. As I lay down to go to sleep that evening, I continued to hear …

Reclaim your Flowerbed with Plants that Deter Cats

What do you get when you combine a cat and your flowerbed? As you’re probably already well aware, it’s not pretty. Cats don’t care how delicate your flowers are. They don’t care about how much effort you’ve put into your garden. They see a giant litter box, full of toys …

Police Station Kittens

A beautiful long-haired black cat was seen hanging around the parking lot behind the police station in a rough part of my town, in danger of being run over by police cars or fire trucks. It was soon discovered that she’d recently had kittens down inside inaccessible brick storage well.…

Half a Million Ferals

No, we’re not talking about some strange currency. You might recognize that number – it’s the number of cats that one female and her offspring can produce in seven years. Multiple that by 55, and you have a serious issue. Our group, Holly’s Place, does a lot of TNR, or …

Ridding the Neighborhood of Feral Cat Violence

My parents have a couple of pet cats who they like to let outside. Sometimes feral cats come by and pick fights with their gentle pets. They would hear some howling and sometimes their cats had scratches on their heads and faces. It was very sad to see their cute …

We are Giving Back!

As advocates for the humane treatment of animals, we have launched an initiative with the non-profit organization American Humane Association. American Humane Association is a national leader in identifying and preventing the causes of child and animal abuse and neglect.

We’re using our Facebook page, which has seen significant growth …

Cat Spraying Deterrent

My mother-in-law had a cat named Happy. It was black with a tuft of white fur under its chin. He was an outdoor cat who mostly hung in their garage and at the neighbors across the street who offered him cat food.

Being allergic to cats, my mother-in-law would only …

How to Deter Stray Cats

Stray and feral cats are a growing problem in the United States. In fact, the Feral Cat Coalition has estimated more than 60 million stray cats exist. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects an additional 5 million domestic cats are abandoned annually. That’s a lot of cats! Not only is …

How to Get Rid of Cats

I am – and have always been – a cat lover. I have two cats named Jupiter and Tora. What I don’t love is looking out my back patio to see stray cats, especially when they look unhealthy. Even though my inside cats rarely go outside, it happens and the …

Effective Cat Deterrents for Gardens

 

Cats in my garden are driving me crazy!” “Those cats are leaving poop in the grass!” “Feral cats are ruining my flower beds!” Sound familiar? If you’ve found yourself shouting expletives at the cat destruction you’ve discovered on your property, it’s high time you find out how to …

How to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden: Natural Cat Deterrents for Gardens

I’m a cat lover-I have nothing against cats. Still, stray cats, as down-on-their-luck and sweet as they may be, cause problems. Seeing cats destroying my hard work is always disturbing, and it makes me want to know the best methods for how to keep cats out of a garden. …

A Home Owner’s Guide to Feral Cats

So what is a Feral Cat anyway? A Feral cat is either a pet cat that has been abandoned or run away… Or it’s the offspring of another feral cat. Either way, these felines live in the wild and are similar to pet cats. Some homeowners, have had troubles with …

Stray Cats 101

I love my cat.  Here she is.

She is clean, nice and she talks quite a bit.  What she does not do is kill birds.  She would like to but I don’t give her the chance.

In our part of the country feral cats kill lots of birds.  Lots of …