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Northern CA feral colony needs help ASAP !
« on: August 07, 2009, 04:00:58 PM »
A friend of mine has lost her house and has to be out by the end of August. She's not worried as much for herself as she is for the colony of cats she has been caring for. For the last 10 years, Randi has been spaying, neutering, providing vet care and placing as many of the more social cats as she could. Quite a task when you consider she has rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Some of the cats are abandoned pets, others are feral.  Randi's is the only source of care most of these cats have ever known. Any help would be greatly appreciated.   
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Re: Northern CA feral colony needs help ASAP !
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009, 10:40:40 PM »

Is there a neighbor nearby that would be willing to help care for the cats?  It is possible to retrain cats to come to a different feeding location, even feral ones. "Walk" the bowls slowly over time in the direction of the new feeding station.  If your friend ends up living nearby, she could even come back and help with their care.  If your friend is willing to provide food, it would be relatively easy for someone to leave a bowl out.  Cat shelters can be made from plastic storage totes stuffed with straw for warmth.  The cats will change their habits over time to congregate over near the new food, water, and sheltered area.  She should also try to find adopters or rescues to take the rest of the friendlies.  This will cut down on the number of cats hanging out at the new feeder's house.

Another option would be to trap and relocate the colony, but this would be a huge effort and may not be feasible if she's not moving to a long-term housing situation.  Relocated cats have to be given a few weeks time to re-adjust their bearings so they forget the old territory and start to identify the new location as home.  Otherwise, they tend to just wander off and disappear.

I'm sorry your friend is losing their house.  Hopefully she'll find some way to continue to care for these cats.