Research conducted and posted on www.communitycats.com.au has shown that 40% of cat owners are secretly feeding a cat they do not own .. compassionate cat-lovers across the country are giving outdoor kitties extra help .. wild .. stray or homeless .. whatever you call them they are our Community Cats.
Advice on what to do after you start feeding a stray cat is limited .. mostly it is call the council or a refuge .. in fact most cats taken to council pounds and refuges have up to an 80% risk of being euthanized.
Some times it can be a difficult and long process to rehome a socialized and friendly cat and often a stray that is extremely distrustful of people .. and with good reason .. does not have a chance.
If a secret or community cat is healthy and happy in the street or your home area then a shelter is not always the best option.
However the key to all of this is to get the stray or unowned cat to a vet for desexing .. a desexed cat is much happier and contented and so is the neighborhood.
Male cats wander .. fight .. howl and spray .. habits which are not appreciated by anyone .. female cats also wander .. call for a mate and of course can have a litter by or before the age of six months .. and then the problem has multiplied.
SOS Cats in Cairns is happy to offer advice and assistance to help you get your secret cat desexed .. the cat can then return to their area where you can continue to help them live out their lives in relative safety ..
this is called Trap Neuter Return (TNR).
The majority of cats who are rescued through this method settle down and become quite domesticated within a short period of time .. they are healthier as they are not constantly battling for territory and food and gradually their confidence and trust will grow.