Do you feed your local stray cats or do you not?
Not an easy answer. Feeding, the theory goes would encourage breeding and magnify the problem. Not feeding keep the cats starving.
In the world of animal welfare you often come against an issue where it isn’t clear what the ‘lesser evil’ is.
Do you taken in abandoned dogs for free? Or do you charge and thus cause these dogs to be abandoned on a street nearby?
Here are some pointers about how to manage your outside cat problem:
“There are ways to keep outside cats off your property if you’re not a cat person. If you are seeing cats in your neighborhood, first ask your neighbors if these are their cats. If they are, you can ask your neighbor to please keep them in the house.
• Keep your property picked up with no food sitting out and trash cans secured.
• Make sure bird feeding areas are clean.
• Leave no garage doors open, fix holes in sheds and outside storage areas so cats can’t seek shelter.
• Buy a car cover if cats are perching on top of your vehicle.
• In gardens, scatter orange and lemon peels or spray citrus-scented fragrances. Or try coffee grounds, pipe tobacco or citronella. These are all deterrents to cats.
• Spray products like dog and cat repellents also work well if applied liberally around the property.
• Try motion-activated sprinklers.
If you’d like to help outside cats make sure to feed them only during daylight hours. Provide them access to fresh water. You can also provide shelter by allowing them to sleep in a shed or outbuilding, or you can build an inexpensive feral cat house. Directions can be found on the Internet.”
If possible – try to capture your outside cats and get them speyed/nutered, or better still take them to a Shelter that will try to adopt them out.
The problem with stray cats is the harder you work them more of them arrive on the scene. Don’t be discouraged – you may not be able to fix the problem for good but every little bit helps.