Caring For Outdoor Cats
Outdoor/Feral/Community Cats - Domestic Cats Live Outdoors - it's a fact! - and a result of irresponsible pet owners who have either abandoned their cats or have not had them spayed/neutered, resulting in a litter of kittens born to an unspayed female. The gestation period for a cat is 2 months, and females can become pregnant again while nursing. GNHCP engages in trap/neuter/return of outdoor cats, which is the humane and ethical approach to managing the outdoor cat population. Caregivers are also instructed in the proper way to feed and shelter community cats, including respect for surrounding property owners. Outdoor cats do not harbor the Rabies virus - they are a domestic species, not wildlife - and are not a health threat to humans or other animals. Once a colony of feral cats has been vaccinated (Rabies and Distemper) and sterilized, the colony is "managed," and no new cats enter the colony, and no new kittens are born. Spaying/Neutering improves the health (and lives) of outdoor cats and reduces nuisance behavior of males (fighting/spraying) and vulnerability of females who can no longer reproduce.
GNHCP assembles shelters for outdoor cats and distributes them if caregivers do not have the means to provide shelter for their feral cats. View and download instructions for building outdoor cat shelters and feeding stations, as well as feeding instructions for outdoor cats.