FCVC knows there are many, many feral cats in the world. They do not have forever homes and they generally would not be comfortable there, having been raised in the wild. But each of us can help to reduce the problem. Foremost, by having our own pets spayed and neutered. Then by helping support those programs that trap, neuter and return feral cats.
This October 16 we’re acknowledging National Feral Cat Day (aka Global Cat Day) — a day to celebrate cats of all stripes, no matter where they call home. Wild (feral) cats have been stigmatized the world over, but thanks to this holiday, we can change how we see these lovable nomads.
In 2021, 42.7 Million households in the USA have at least one cat. Roughly 73 million cats in the United States are feral or un-owned. Globally, there are approximately 400 Million cats.
Considering 10,000 humans are born every day in America, but nearly 70,000 kittens and puppies are born every day, there will never be enough homes to take in the number of wild cats. However, many community-led organizations have cropped up to help control the wild kitty population through a number of initiatives.
Other important statistics – Approximately 10% of Americans feed community cats.
Every year, 1.6 million cats get adopted.
More kittens are adopted than older cats. 43% of owners got their cat from a shelter or rescue.
A total of 1.5 million animals in shelters are killed annually due to overcrowding, age, and illness.
An estimated 860,000 cats are euthanized each year.
According to these statistics, the euthanized cat numbers are higher than that of dogs since more felines are in shelters. Sadly, lost cats are less likely to be returned to their owners than canines, contributing to high euthanasia numbers.
Today, learn what you can do to shape a better future for these kitties. This short public service announcement video from Alley Cat Allies shows what today is all about:
National Feral Cat Day Activities – #lovecatsmore
1. Take part in a TNR effort
Anyone can make a big difference by taking part in a Trap-Neuter-Return effort. This entails humanely trapping a feral feline in a boxtrap, taking it to a vet to be spayed or neutered, then letting it go in its wild home. This keeps the cat safe, but is also an investment in the future to ensure the feral cat population remains contained.
2. Adopt a cat
TNR is a great method for controlling pet populations, but if adoption is a possible method for you, this is also an instrumental way to make a difference in the lives of wilder cats. On October 16, there will be several shelters hosting adopt-a-thons, so find one near you and bring home a new member of the family.
3. Volunteer with Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, which formed in 1990, has done amazing work to spread awareness about this problem and develop solutions for it. Alley Cat Allies is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats.
The organization will host many events and through the organization you can help hold spay/neuter clinics and food/supply drives, encourage official governmental proclamations regarding TNR policies, and more.
Why We Love National Feral Cat Day – #lovecatsmore
A. It raises awareness of a serious problem
For many, feral cats are simply seen as a part of the community, and there’s not much we can do to improve their lives. However, what many don’t realize is that wild felines have an average of 1.4 litters each year, with an average of 3.5 kittens in each litter. That adds up to 420,000 kittens over seven years.
B. It introduces a novel idea
For many, the best way to control the wild cats population and prevent euthanization is a strategy called trap-neuter-return, or TNR. This method, as opposed to adoption, makes it easy for anyone to do their part to control the pet population.
C. It saves cats’ lives
Every year, nearly nine million dogs and cats are put down because the shelters can’t find a home for them. By lowering the number of strays that are put in shelters in the first place, we can drastically cut back the number of animals that must be euthanized.
FCVC vets know that the wild cat population is a serious problem. We hope this information on National Feral Cat Day about the numbers of feral cats will encourage more pet owners to make sure their own pets do not contribute to the problem – by having pets spayed and neutered.