Can I have a colony of cats removed from my offices ?
This is a common question asked by many companies.
In many cases, removing a colony will only result in another colony taking its place.
Our best advice is to Trap, Neuter and Release the colony back into your premises and set up a feeding program.
Once the colony has been sterilised, there is very little chance of other cats moving in and will therefore reduce the chances of your colony growing or the cats falling pregnant.
I am immigrating or moving into a complex that doesn't allow cats !
We get calls all day to take in house cats !
Remember that your cat is part of your family and are not objects that can be abandoned when things don't work out. Cats experience feelings, emotions, fears and pain just like your human children, and you wouldn't abandon your children, would you?
Cats do not adapt very well to being caged in a shelter or on a sanctuary after being in your house or on your bed for years.
They become traumatised and often stop eating and get sick. They definitely pine for their owners.
your best bet is to find a family member who knows your cat, to take the cat into their home.
Remember, abandonment is the worst kind of animal abuse !
Can I move a community/colony cat to a new place?
It is very, very hard to find suitable alternative places for community cats, so we usually recommend that the cats are kept in their own surroundings and solutions are found for whatever problems there are. Very occasionally, however, such opportunities do come along, and then it is vital that the cat be confined in the new place for about a fortnight with his or her own food, water and litter box (containing, at first, a mixture of litter and real soil), so that they get used to all the new sights, smells and sounds of their new home. After that, the cat can be released, but care should be taken that she or he be allowed to investigate the new area without being spooked by other animals or people.
If an adult community cat is not confined in this way, but is simply taken to a new area and released there, he or she will almost certainly try to make their way back 'home', facing many dangers along the way. According to Dr Quixi Sonntag, a well-known veterinary behaviour practitioner, if a community cat released in this way does actually stay in the new area, she or he will have to cope with the trauma of trying to find and get access to new sources of food and water. Releasing community cats in this way in a new area is therefore not recommended.'