If you have a Question about Feral Cats, You’ve Come to the Right Place!
Welcome to the SacFeral website. Do you need help with feral, stray or un-owned (community) cats in your neighborhood or work place? Our site is intended to provide answers to your questions and all the resources you may need.
What is a Feral Cat?
Although a cat in your yard could be a neighbor’s cat or a stray, it might very well be a feral cat. What is a feral cat and how is it different from a stray cat? Feral cats typically avoid people and can’t be touched. These cats usually live outdoors in groups known as colonies. While stray cats have had human contact at some point, they have become displaced and may also become feral. Both ferals and strays may also be called community cats.
What Can be Done to Help?Traditionally, the method of feral cat control has been to trap and euthanize the cats. There is a common misconception that once these cats are trapped and removed from a neighborhood, the cat problem will go away. The reality is that trapping and removing cats won’t resolve the cat problem. This method has proven ineffective because the food source (dumpsters, garbage, rodents, etc.) usually remains. As a result, other cats eventually find their way into your neighborhood and will quickly repopulate the area.
Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR)
TNR is the most successful and proven method of reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves the careful trapping, spaying or neutering, and vaccination of the cats. The feral cats are then returned to their original location. Any cats or kittens that are social enough will be removed and placed for adoption. The number of existing cats is reduced, and because there will be no more kittens, the colony becomes stable.
Follow this kitten guide from the SSPCA for specific steps you can take to give the kittens the best chance for survival; how to determine their age; and when to get involved, including fostering them yourself.
Care for a Colony
If you’re already feeding neighborhood feral cats, and you’d like to continue feeding the returned cats after TNR, or even help with the TNR, please complete the "I Want To Report A Colony" form and be sure to check "yes" in the box that asks if you consider yourself the colony caregiver. We will help you find resources to TNR the colony.
Other Resources and Ways you can HelpI want to Report Stray or Un-Owned Cats
Sacferals together with the Coalition for Community Cats keeps records and helps track colonies of feral cats in the Sacramento area. . . . read more
I want to Help Feral Cats
Many people see abandoned cats behind stores, in their neighborhoods, or foraging in fields and want to help . . . read more
I've Found Tame Cats or Kittens
If you’ve found tame cats or kittens in your yard or nearby, and they don’t appear to "belong" to anyone, here are some tips for helping them . . . read more
I Want to Find a Feral Spay and Neuter Clinic
If you're experienced trapping feral cats, and you need to find low-cost resources for getting the cats “fixed” . . . read more
I Need Help Trapping or Transporting Feral Cats
It may be that lack of transportation is the only reason you can't help with TNR of the feral cats in your neighborhood. If that's the case . . . read more
Where can I Find a Trap?
If you are experienced in TNR, but you need to know where to obtain a trap . . . read more
I Need Help Talking to Neighbors/Building Management About Ferals
Many people think that the only way to deal with feral cats is to get rid of them. Education and intervention can help address the TNR issues and feral colony maintenance . . . read more
I Want to Volunteer!
Volunteers are always welcome. Whether or not you have experience with TNR and the feral community, you can help . . . read more