Feral cats are wild animals. Some are abandoned pets; others are born in the wild to existing ferals or to strays. Kittens born in the wild, with no exposure to humans during the socialisation period (3-8 weeks) become wild animals.
Feral cats are considered as a pest animal seeing as they can breed with wild cats such as the African Wild Cat which degrades the genetic blueprint of the wild cat. They can also carry diseases that can be passed on to humans as well as interrupt processes at factories and plants costing the client large amounts of money.
Monteviro-Imvelo offers a feral cat removal service. This is done in accordance with the NSPCA’s guidelines for feral cat handling. There are two options for clients.
- Firstly, the preferred method is the removal and relocation of the cats.
Cats are trapped and then taken to a vet for a general check-up. Should the cat be healthy, it is sterilised and then placed back in the area where it was trapped. This helps to keep populations in check, seeing as just like lions, feral cats are territorial. If the cat is sick however it is humanely euthanized.
Even though this is a more expensive option for clients, seeing as they will have to cover the cost of sterilisation, this approach is more humane, helps to keep populations in check and will be cheaper in the long run.
- Secondly, cats are trapped and then taken to the NSPCA for euthanasia, regardless of their physical state.
In all cases, baited traps are placed in the problem area. Once a cat is trapped, the trap is moved to an area sheltered from people and the elements with adequate food and water. Traps are then collected daily.