Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
Committed to Humanely Reducing the Feral Cat Population of Forsyth County
New! Online Course is available from the Humane Society of the United States FOR ONLY $10! If you have clicked the link to this page, you are probably caring for a colony of feral cats and have questions about how to manage the colony to better care for and protect the cats. Below you will find some basic guidelines for colony management, but if you are interested in in-depth guidance, FFF suggests the online course offered by the Humane Society of the United States. To learn more about TNR and being a colony caretaker, you can sign up for the self-paced online TNR course from the Humane Society for a special rate of only $10!
FFF volunteer Diana's recommendation of the online course: "When I was first starting out with feral cat management - before we formed FFF - I took the class and learned about caring for colonies, effective trapping techniques, national and international trends in TNR, how to start a clinic, discussions about why we don't test for FeLV and FIV, conflict resolution, and more."
To download a comprehensive colony caretakers guide for free, please go to http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/
Proper colony management will help to ensure the health and stability of the colony, reduce nuisance behaviors, promote cooperation between the colony caretaker, property owner(s), and neigbors, and reduce the likelihood that Animal Control will become involved.
1. Perform Trap-Neuter-Return on all the cats in the colony, even those which only visit the colony site occasionally. Perform TNR on any new cats promptly.
2. Provide food and water daily.**
3. Provide adequate shelter.
4. Obtain prompt veterinary treatment for any cats that are ill or injured. Allowing a cat to suffer or die a slow death is inhumane. Contact FFF for assistance with treatment costs, but in case of an emergency, obtain treatment immediately.
5. Keep records of your colony including TNR status, births, deaths, adoptions, and veterinary treatments. Please register your information online at www.forsythferalcat.org. Keep rabies vaccinations records in an accessible place in case you need to find them quickly.
6. Select an alternate caretaker, so that your colony will be cared for if you go on vacation or become ill. If you are moving, contact FFF as early as possible so that arrangements can be made for a new caretaker if your alternate is unable to care for the colony long-term. Moving colony cats is rarely successful, and is time-intensive. However, in certain situations, relocating cats is feasible. While FFF will not relocate cats for you, we can help you by providing "how to" information and guidance. Click here for relocation guidelines
7. If a tame cat appears at your colony, attempt to locate its owner if possible. If the owner is not found or is uninterested in providing a suitable home, and if the cat does not appear to be adapting to outdoor life, try to find an adoptive home. For information on adoption and fostering cats, click here. For information about taming feral kittens, click here.
8. If members of the colony are visiting areas where they are not welcome, use humane methods to discourage them from continuing the behavior. By performing TNR, providing adequate food, water, and shelter in an approved area, you will lessen the likelihood that colony members will seek these resources elsewhere.
** Keep the cats' feeding area clean. If you feed on paper plates, remove them after feeding so that they do not blow away and litter the area. If food gets wet or old, remove it promptly into a garbage bag or trash container - do not just toss it aside.
If the area near the feeding or shelter stations gets muddy, purchase some pine needles or mulch to cover the muddy areas. Property owners and neighbors are more likely to be cooperative if the colony caretaker keeps the area fresh and clean.
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