Feral cats

Feral cats are those either born wild or that have lived so long away from humans that they can no longer be found new homes as pets. They are the same species as our pets and are equally protected in law.

An uncontrolled feral colony will grow quickly; the cats will be susceptible to disease and may also become a nuisance. Simply removing the cats is not a long-term solution, as a new colony will soon move in.

We do not house Feral cats in our Adoption Centre's, Feral cats are wild animals and as such cannot be rehomed as domestic pets.   

The best option, therefore, is to neuter all of the resident feral cats within as short a time frame as possible. Over a period of years this will reduce the size of the colony. A controlled, healthy and manageable colony will deter other ferals from moving in and will keep vermin levels down.

Cats Protection may be able to help towards the cost of neutering a feral colony, provided that the cats are returned to their original site.

The contribution is for assistance with neutering costs only and must not be used for other veterinary treatment or euthanasia. Your application needs to be made in advance of any neutering taking place, as payment cannot be made after the event. Our local branches may be able to help both with costs and practical assistance - depending on their resources and volunteers. In areas where we do not have a branch we may be able to provide financial assistance.

For more information about help with feral neutering please phone our Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.