Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
Committed to Humanely Reducing the Feral Cat Population of Forsyth County
What is a Feral Cat?
||You may have seen them gathered around
dumpsters, in parking lots, trailer parks and apartment complexes homeless cats who
flee from humans. These domestic cats, referred to as "feral", are the result of
both the failure to spay/neuter and cat abandonment.
The only difference between a house cat and a feral cat is that the latter has had little or no human contact and developed a natural fear of humans. Ferals are erroneously labeled as "wild cats". A bobcat is a wild cat, but a feral cat is a domestic cat that has literally "gone wild". It is a domestic cat that has reverted to a wild state, because it was lost, abandoned, or born outside to a stray or feral mother and has had little or no human contact. Adult feral cats usually cannot be tamed and are not suited to living indoors with people. They live outside in family groups called colonies that form near a source of food and shelter. Feral cats can survive almost anywhere and are found worldwide.
Because colonies form where food and shelter are available, if cats are simply removed, others will move in to take their place. This is a well-documented occurrence known as the "vacuum-effect". With TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), in a stable, managed colony, the colony gradually decreases over time.
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