Professional Feral Cat Trapping and Removal in PA and NY
Fur & Feathers Wildlife Control provides professional trapping, removal, and control services for feral cats living in and around residential neighborhoods, farms, and commercial property in Northeastern PA and Central NY. Most feral cat populations originated from abandoned or escaped domesticated cats. However, feral cats have become wild and do not possess the friendly, loving characteristics of domesticated housecats. Conservative estimates of the feral cat population place the number at approximately 60 million wild cats throughout the United States.
Feral Cats Are a Top Predator of Songbirds and Protected Species
Although feral cats assist with keeping rodent populations under control, they create a variety of nuisance issues for home, farm, and business owners. In addition to consuming rodents, feral cats are one of the top predators of rare and federally protected songbirds, amphibians, rabbits, and other small and vulnerable species. By eliminating the food source of an area’s natural predators such as foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and weasels, stress is placed on these predators and their numbers are naturally decreased. The ecological harm of feral cats is tremendous.
Feral Cats Reproduce at an Alarming Rate
Although they no longer maintain a close relationship with humans, feral cats have a strong preference for living in close proximity to human civilization. They can typically be found living in abandoned buildings, cars, haystacks, culverts, and other similar locations that offer shelter and a desirable place to raise their young. Feral cats reproduce at an alarming rate, with each female producing approximately five offspring per year. One pair of breeding feral cats and their offspring can potentially give birth to nearly a half million feral kitten offspring within a seven-year period.
Feral Cats Host Toxoplasmosis, Distemper, Fleas, and More
Feral cats serve as a host vector for an immense array of zoonotic diseases and parasites that readily affect humans and domesticated animals. Some of these diseases/parasites include:
Feral cats apparently have a preference for urinating and defecating in vegetable gardens and the sandboxes of children. This creates a dangerous opportunity for worms, parasites, and other pathogenic organisms to infect humans.
Feral Cats Aggressively Defend Their Perceived Territory
Feral cats tend to be shy and elusive. However, they may act aggressively toward humans and domesticated animals if they feel that their perceived territory or food source is threatened. They may retaliate with terrifying acts that include scratching and biting that can transmit an extensive range of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens directly into the bloodstream.
The legal status of cats is that they are personal property if ownership can be established (with collars, tattoos, veterinarian records, etc.). Cats found without identification are deemed to be feral and are considered the property of the landowner where they are found to be living.
If you are experiencing an issue with feral cats causing a nuisance or potentially dangerous situation on your property, contact the professional animal control technicians of Fur & Feathers Wildlife Control. We provide 100% humane control of feral cats throughout our Northeastern PA and Central NY service area. Call us toll-free to schedule your appointment today: (866) 442-9360.