MCFH S6E6 - Cat Climbing Windows, Feral Cats, TNR
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 6
Episode Title: Psychic Disconnect
Cat: Khloe; Feral Cat Community
Khloe is a multi-colored female cat; there are over 20 feral cats living in her garage and outside of her home.
Guardians: Kym, and her parents Bobi & Mike
Kym (and Khloe) moved in with her parents after an accident in 2009, and begun taking care of the neighborhood feral cats.
How Bad Is It?
Khloe’s behavior has changed negatively since the feral cat population around her home has grown. Kym’s parents are fed up with having all of the feral cats around their home and in their garage, and it is causing tension and conflict in the family. Her parents are at their breaking point.
- Khloe feels territorial stress, and as a result she climbs windows, runs around the home, screams, and growls.
- There is a “Mama” cat that is not spayed, and this feral cat community is continuing to grow as a result.
- This community has a major feral cat population, and not many people are educated on how to control it.
The number one way to control a feral cat colony and stop the growth is with Trap-Neuter-Return, also known as TNR. TNR is the most humane and effective approach for controlling the feral cat population, and improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time. Alley Cat Allies is a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, and their website provides great information and resources on how you can perform TNR in your own neighborhood! It is also a great idea to educate and inform your community about TNR, and hopefully work as a team to help control and protect the feral cat population in your neighborhood. Jackson suggests passing out flyers around your community to spread awareness. Take ownership of the feral cat colony in your neighborhood, and stabilize it. You can also work towards getting the feral cats that become socialized and comfortable their very own forever homes!
If TNR is already implemented in your community but you are still see new litters of kittens, it is important to narrow down which “Mama” cat still needs to be spayed. Some cats know their way around a trap, and know how to not get caught! In this case, Jackson suggests mapping this cat’s activity over the next few weeks, and once you get to know their routine, set up a drop trap and keep a close eye on it. These traps are the most effective in trapping “trap savvy” cats. Once the “Mama” cat is spayed, the number of feral cats will stop multiplying, and this will also reduce the amount of male tom cats spraying and trying to mate outside of your home. Once the “Mama” cat in Kym’s community was spayed, the chaos outside began to calm. This then caused Khloe to calm down and reduced the territorial stress inside the home. Khloe was able to adjust to the feral cat population outside her home, and became calm and centered.
There are many sad facts about feral cats. 99% of feral cats never get adopted, as they have little to no human contact, and usually are extremely fearful of humans. The average life span of a feral cat is only 2 to 5 years, while the average lifespan of an indoor cat is 13 to 17. 70% of cats entering shelters are killed, and that number jumps to nearly 100% of feral cats and kittens. These numbers are heartbreaking, and this is why developing a TNR program in your community is a great way to help these helpless feral cats. We can help these feral cat colonies in many ways, such as helping them to naturally die off, or help them become socialized and find them loving homes!
Spirit Essences remedies that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Safe Space For Cats is formulated to help cats establish appropriate boundaries and reduce territorial stress that may manifest as spraying, inappropriate elimination, aggression, or other stress-related behaviors. Sometimes an indoor cat will smell or see other cats outside, and this can cause them to completely change their behavior, like in the situation with Khloe. They may feel that their territory is being invaded, and they feel they need to protect it. This can result in your cat spraying, peeing, or displaying uncontrollable aggression, and guardians should try to do what they can to reduce this territorial insecurity. This remedy is designed to help ease this stress and insecurity, and may work great when misted around the home. This remedy can be misted around the perimeter of the home if your cat feels the stress coming from outside sources, like neighborhood feral cats. Jackson used Safe Space For Cats while helping Khloe, and it seemed to help her become calm and centered in her own space.
Feral Flower Formula is formulated to help feral cats moderate their naturally sensitive fight-or-flight response and may help to facilitate the process of domestication, though not all feral cats are receptive to domestication. This remedy may be useful when taking care of a feral cat community, and can be administered in their food and/or water if they cannot be contacted by humans. This remedy may help feral cats become friendly and social with humans when used consistently, and can eventually help them to find a forever home! Jackson used Feral Flower Formula on Kym’s feral cat community, which may be the reason some of them were nearly adopted, until Kym and her parents decided they couldn’t let go.