About Feral Cat Awareness Project
The feral cat over-population problem has been growing annually. Feral cats are the wild offspring of domestic cats or that of the offspring of other feral cats and ALWAYS the result of pet owners who fail to spay or neuter their animals. I TNR feral cats so to get control of the continued cycle of reproduction in colonies. If I see that the cat can be socialized and adopted out I do take them home and socialize them. Currently I have 17 cats that I feed daily, with a cost of over $200 monthly, not counting vet fees or any other fees that come up other then the normal feeding and litter. All donations are much needed.
There are many reasons why feral cat problems are rarely solved by efforts to trap and remove them from their location.
*Feral cats live at a certain location because it offers food and shelter.
*If a colony is removed, some feral cats from surrounding colonies may move in to take advantage of the newly available resources.
*The cycle of reproduction and nuisance behavior begins all over again.
If all the cats in a colony are not trapped, then the ones left behind tend to have more kittens. In addition, more kittens will survive because there are fewer cats competing for the available food. The population will continue to increase until the level that can be supported by the available food and shelter is reached.
Feral Cat Awareness Project Mission is to implement the trap, neuter and return (TNR) method of population control, and promote the adoption of long-term, caretaker-based solutions regarding feral cats.
Specifically, our purpose and commitment are to:
*Facilitate the work of caretakers in caring for feral cats and controlling feral cat population growth.
*Provide a communication network and support resources for caretakers.
*Project a strong unifying voice for feral cat caretakers and their colonies.
*Work with and educate property decision makers and governmental agencies in appropriate and humane solutions for feral cats.
*Implement and manage programs that benefit the constituencies we serve.
Spay / Neuter
Feral Cat Awareness Project highly recommends that all dogs and cats are spayed (Female) or neutered (Male). Not only does it help reduce the population of unwanted dogs and cats it also is a simple procedure with many health benefits for your pet! Some of the benefits include:
I recommend that your pet is spayed or neutered between 5-6 months of age. The first heat cycle typically begins at 6 months for both cats and dogs. Dogs generally have a heat cycle once every 6 months which will last for 3-4 weeks. Cats unfortunately are what we call polyuestrus meaning they cycle in and out of heat from roughly spring through fall depending on environment or until they are bred. Cats can also go into heat again and be bred before her kittens are weaned! In other words, it’s best to have your cat spayed before her first heat cycle, yet it is safe and recommended that your female is spayed asap if she does head into heat (cat must weigh 2 pounds). Quite simply stated spaying and neutering will increase your pet’s lifespan as well as the quality of your pet’s life!
The following ten plants are non-toxic to
both cats and dogs
1. Blue Echeveria
3. Areca or Golden Palm
4. Burro's Tail or Lamb's Tail
5. Christmas Cactus
6. Cliff Brake or Button Fern
7. Hens and Chickens
8. Pearl Plant
9. Pony Tail Palm
10. Spice Orchid
Daffodils : Many spring bulbs, including hyacinths and daffodils forced for indoor blooms, are toxic if eaten by humans or pets. Eating the bulbs (which can be mistaken for shallots or onions) can cause intense stomach problems, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and even death.
Dumb Cane This popular houseplant grows in low-light conditions. It's earned one of its common names, dumb cane, because of the symptoms that occur when it's eaten. The sap causes the tongue to burn and swell, enough to block off air to the throat. It can be fatal to both humans and pets if ingested in large amounts.
Easter Lily : Cats have been known to suffer serious damage after eating Easter lilies. Eating small amounts of any part of the plant can lead to a cat's death from kidney failure if not treated by a veterinarian within 18 hours. The plant is not poisonous to children, but they can choke on pieces of it.
English Ivy : Large quantities of ivy must be ingested to cause serious problems, but all parts of English ivy can cause symptoms that include skin irritation, burning throat after eating the berries, fever, and rash.
Oleander : All parts of oleander, a popular indoor flowering shrub, are extremely poisonous. Wear gloves and wash your hands when pruning and taking cuttings to be sure you don't accidentally ingest the sap. It can be fatal if eaten.
Peace lily : A popular low-light houseplant, the peace lily is toxic only if large quantities of the leaves are eaten.
Philodendron : No other group of plants is as widely used indoors as philodendrons, but they are poisonous to humans and pets. Eating them can cause burning and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat; vomiting; and diarrhea.
Pothos : A close relative of philodendron, pothos is just as easy to grow, but unfortunately causes the same symptoms of philodendron if ingested.
Sago Palm: One of the oldest living plants on earth, sago palm may have survived so long because animals don't eat it. All parts of the plants, including the seeds and roots, are poisonous. Ingesting sago palm causes vomiting and diarrhea, and may lead to liver failure.
ZZ plant : The drought-tolerant ZZ plant is a wonderful addition to low-light situations in homes and offices, but all parts of this plant are poisonous. Keep it away from children and pets, and wash your hands or wear gloves if you need to handle it.
Keeping Cats Out Of Your Garden
1. There are many herbs that cats don’t like to be around, including lavender, rue, geranium, absinthe, and lemon-thyme. Also, a German professional gardener, Dieter Stegmaier of Essingen, has created a hybrid so repulsive to cats, they stay a yard away from it. It smells like schnapps to us, and is actually a pretty and hardy plant with blue flowers that bloom throughout most of the summer. Its Latin name is Coleus canin. You can order it through various mail order services in Germany, for example here:
2. This mixture is easy to make and can be used anywhere you want to repel cats (or groundhogs, for that matter):
2 parts cayenne pepper
3 parts dry mustard
5 parts flour
Simply mix together and sprinkle.
3. Use large flat river stones in your garden beds to make the soil less diggable, and so less attractive to cats. Besides, river stones are pretty. You can also use them in houseplant pots to keep the furry little darlings out of those.
4. Cats don’t like tea leaves, so empty your used ones onto the garden soil.
5. You could also try using a sprinkler that is activated by a motion-sensor. All it takes is a time or two of getting dowsed with water to deter any cat. It can work for intruders, too.
Do you have issues with your indoor cats eating your plant? I did, so I went to my local pet store and purchased some Pet Greens, or Pet Grass , now I no longer have to worry about my plants. My cats went right to the grass and started eating it, and they no longer bother my plants.
Cats need greens to help keep their digestive tracts stay healthy. Cats will eat grass and greens from time to time for exactly this reason. Some cats will seek out greens to eat and this may be why your cat is eating your plants. Please note that this can be dangerous or even poisonous to your cat depending on the plant it chooses to eat.
If your cat does not go right to the Pet Greens you may have to try some of the techniques below.
You should also make it a point to teach your cat that eating other household plants is off limits. One good solution is to put plant stakes around the outside of your cat’s favorite plants. This can create a barrier such that your cat can’t even get to the off-limit plants.
Other aversion techniques include the following:
Give your cat a firm ‘no’ at the moment it does the unwanted behavior. Never ‘punish’ your cat or overly scream or scare your cat. This can make your cat scared of you and make it want to avoid you.
You can use a spray bottle to spritz your cat every time it does the unwanted behavior. The down side of this approach is that your cat may link you to the nasty squirt it receives.
Throw an object, like a sock near the cat, gentle letting it know that you want it to stop what it is doing. This will mildly frighten your cat and help it realize that the behavior they just exhibited is a no-no. This method also allows the cat to connect the bop on the head with the sock and not you.
Place double-sided sticky tape on the area surrounding the plant. Your cat will hate how this feels on it paws and soon stop going there.
Place aluminum foil on the area surrounding the plant. Most cats hate this feeling on their feet.
Purchase a cat repellant spray at your local pet store. Just make sure that the spray will be safe for your specific plants.
And you can also get rid of any plants that are in your cat’s reach or remove the plants while you are training.