Seven Facts About Feral Cats


• Feral– or free roaming– cats are born and raised “in the wild” or who has been abandoned or lost.

• The number of feral cats in the United States is estimated to be in the tens of millions.

• Most feral cats are wary of humans and are considered unadoptable.

• Feral cats often live in groups called colonies.

• Feral cats can live between two and ten years.

• More than 70 percent of cats that end up in shelters are euthanized, and nearly all feral cats in shelters are euthanized.

• Trap-Neuter-Return decreases the number of feral cats that end up in shelters. Cats are humanely trapped, taken to a vet to be spayed or neutered, and then returned to the community.