Taking Care of Feral Cats

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We think most people should adopt pets and be responsible pet owners. A lot of lives could be changed for the better (people’s and animals) if every family would adopt at least one dog or cat, spay or neuter it, and take care of it throughout it’s life. Teaching your children to care for, love and respect another living being is one of the most valuable gifts you can you’re your kids. Contrary to what some uninformed people say, almost any cat or dog is safe to raise alongside children. 

Over the years, The Lanyards Store staff have become caretakers of numerous local animals. Last year, we began feeding and caring for a few small colonies of feral cats near our California warehouse. Eventually, we decided to look into finding local vets who would give them shots and fix them.

Thus we began searching for vets who might provide us with discounted spay/neuter and shots, so we could implement a TNR program.  Eventually we found Los Angeles-based Fixnation.  Founded in 2006, this non-profit organization specializes in spaying or neutering stray and feral cats throughout Southern California.  Their goal is to not only contribute to the reduction of stray cats, but to increase awareness about the TNR program in an attempt to have the policy sanctioned and government-funded.  Thanks to the combined efforts of FixNation, a cheap local vet clinic and our staff, we were able to spay and neuter over 40 cats last year. Each feral cat that is fixed, also receives full shots and treatment for any wounds or infections they might have. Before releasing, the clinic also clips the ear of the cat, which tells local animal control officials that this cat has been fixed and had it’s shots, and thus poses no health risk to the public.

After releasing the TNR cats back into Dumpsterland we still feed them on a regular basis. In fact, after we moved to a different warehouse, our owner continues to drive to the old neighborhood to donate food to a local resident, who keeps them fed for him.

Aren't some cats friendly enough to live with a family?

Yes. Not all cats one finds roaming the streets are “Feral” (What's the difference between stray and feral). Sometimes, the cats are quite friendly.  So we take them in, care for them, and try to find them a home. If we know a cat is friendly and would make a good pet, we may take them to the regular clinic to avoid having its ear clipped. Of course, many of the cats have additional medical expenses, such as for worms, mites, infections, etc.  So we work with the clinic to make sure they receive the proper medical attention that they need.

When we foster the cats and try find them homes, they usually stay at our warehouse in a special room, built just for them.  Dubbed “The Kitty Condo,” the tame cats stay here until we find them a suitable home.  Each morning, the cats are offered complimentary turn-down service and receive plenty of food and love.

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