A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, by the fact that a feral was born in the wild and will, in almost all cases, never be domesticated as a house cat.
A truly feral cat will need to be trapped. He or she may display aggressive behaviors varying from hissing and growling to biting and scratching. These are self-defense behaviors, which, over time, may change as the animal begins to trust humans that provide food and care. These behaviors are caused by fear, as a feral is completely unaccustomed to human contact.
A feral cat that has been fed over a long period of time may begin to show less signs of aggression but will still not be easy to domesticate. Therefore it is not advisable that you bring a feral cat into your home, especially if there are already cats in the household.
Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Favorite Vet Clinic
There are a limited number of clinics in the Fort Lauderdale area that are willing to handle feral cats. DPC advocates spaying and neutering and has always joined in the fight against overpopulation. As such, we are proud to offer spaying, neutering and vaccination services for feral cats.
We do ask that all feral cats be brought in to our facility in traps, not pet carriers. We have these traps available for rent at our office. We also ask that only one cat be brought in per trap. These regulations are in place for both the safety of the cat and our staff members.
We offer a number of services at a low cost for feral cat trappers. We offer low cost spaying or neutering and by law we must administer a rabies vaccine for each pet presented for surgery. An ear notch can be given at no charge, to better distinguish altered cats from unaltered. This prevents the trapper from re-trapping a cat that has already been brought in for spaying or neutering. We also provide wound treatments, additional vaccines, and Feline AIDS/Leukemia testing for an additional fee. To inquire about our services for ferals call our office today and we will be happy to help you! We appreciate all of the wonderful trappers spending their valuable time and money to help combat disease and overpopulation amongst outdoor cats all over South Florida!