What is National Feral Cat Day?
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“Meow? “Merrp.” If this is what a conversation with your cat looks like, then you’re ready for National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day on January 22. Cats love to ask us questions like “Why is there no food in my bowl?” and “Why aren’t you petting me and not petting me at the same time?” Take a moment to indulge in your kitty’s specific queries as best as you can.
History of National Feral Cat Day
National Feral Cat Day timeline
- 2,000 BC
The Rise of Cats
Cats, thought to have been domesticated in Egypt, begin spreading around the known world, forming feral populations known as colonies.
- 300 BC
Rise of the Roman (Cat) Empire
The Romans continue to spread cats around Europe through their conquests expanding the population even more.
Feral cats are introduced to all corners of the world during imperial sailing missions by several countries.
Alley Cat Allies forms to develop solutions to the world's feral cat problem.
National Feral Cat Day FAQs
Can feral cats be domesticated?
With enough patience, adult feral cats can be tamed and domesticated. However, feral kittens can be easily tamed if they’re captured at a young enough age.
Do feral cats attack humans?
What makes a cat feral?
Feral cats are usually the result of a domesticated cat getting lost or being abandoned. The offspring of these cats might have minimal to no human interaction, and as a result will avoid humans as much as possible.
National Feral Cat Day Activities
Take part in a Trap-Neuter-Return effort
Anyone can make a big difference by taking part in a Trap-Neuter-Return effort. This entails humanely trapping a feral cat in a boxtrap, taking it to a vet to be spayed or neutered, then letting it go in its wild home. This keeps the cat safe, but is also an investment in the future to ensure the feral cat population remains contained.
Adopt a cat
TNR is a great method for controlling pet populations, but if adoption is a possible method for you, this is also an instrumental way to make a difference in the lives of feral cats. On October 16, there will be several shelters hosting adopt-a-thons, so find one near you and bring home a new member of the family.
Volunteer with Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, which formed in 1990, has done amazing work to spread awareness about this problem and develop solutions for it. Through the organization you can help hold spay/neuter clinics and food/supply drives, encourage official governmental proclamations regarding TNR policies, and more.
Why We Love National Feral Cat Day
It raises awareness of a serious problem
For many, feral cats are simply seen as a part of the community, and there’s not much we can do to improve their lives. However, what many don’t realize is that feral cats have an average of 1.4 litters each year, with an average of 3.5 kittens in each litter. That adds up to 420,000 kittens over seven years.
It introduces a novel idea
For many, the best way to control the feral cat population and prevent euthanization is a strategy called trap-neuter-return, or TNR. This method, as opposed to adoption, makes it easy for anyone to do their part to control the pet population.
It saves cats’ lives
Every year, nearly nine million dogs and cats are put down because the shelters can’t find a home for them. By lowering the number of strays that are put in shelters in the first place, we can drastically cut back the number of animals that must be euthanized.
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