Trap, Neuter, Release/Return (TNR)
What is a feral cat?
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or contact with people has diminished over time. They are not socialized to people and survive on their own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors.
What is the difference between a feral cat and a stray cat?
Stray cats are socialized to people and can be adopted into homes, but feral cats are not socialized to people and are happy living outdoors.
A stray cat:
- Is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her indoor home, as well as most human contact and dependence.
- Can become feral as her contact with humans dwindles.
- Can under the right circumstances become a pet cat once again. Stray cats that are re-introduced to a home after living outdoors may require a period of time to re-acclimate; they may be frightened and wary after spending time outside away from people.
A feral cat:
- Is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is not socialized to people and survives on her own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors.
- Can have kittens who can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes.
We will spay/neuter true feral cats for $50, provided they are brought to our clinic in a humane trap (see below).
This feral cat pricing includes:
- Rabies vaccine (1 year)
- Ear tipping (required)
- Conditions such as pregnancy, hydrometra, pyometra, or cryptorchid
Other requested services will be charged at regular price.
Regular spay/neuter charges will apply if the cat is not truly feral or does not come to the clinic in a humane trap. If the cat is an outdoor cat, a stray cat, or a socialized cat and we are told it is feral, your deposit will be forfeited and you will be provided a carrier ($7) for your cat.