What Are Feral Cats?

Feral cats are not accustomed to contact with people and are typically too fearful and wild to be handled. Feral cats do not easily or may never adapt to living as pets in close contact with people. However, there are many things you can do to help improve the health and well-being of feral cats. Trap-Neuter-Return Programs humanely trap feral cats in order to vaccinate and spay/neuter the animal. The cat is vaccinated and ear-tipped (for easy identification from a distance) during the same visit. The healthy and altered feral cat is now free to live out its natural life with a colony caretaker while not producing more feral cats.

Feral Cat Package

Pets Alive charges only $25 to spay or neuter a feral cat, which includes:

  • Rabies Vaccination
  • FVRCP Vaccination
  • Dewormer
  • Mandatory Eartipping

Rabies is a fatal virus that attacks the nervous system of animals and people. State law requires current vaccination for owned and feral cats. Eartipping is the universal sign of an altered feral cat. While the cat is sedated for the spay or neuter surgery, a quarter of an inch is removed from the tip of the left ear in a straight line cut. The procedure is painless and the cat heals rapidly.

Drop Off Hours

Pets Alive accepts feral cats without appointments, but they must be brought in between the hours of 8:00am – 11:30am Monday through Wednesday. They will be kept in the clinic overnight to ensure at least one night of recovery indoors. Depending on what time they are dropped off and the number of surgeries that day, they may need to stay two nights.

Live Traps Required

To ensure their safety, all feral cats are required to be in humane live traps. This is for the safety of the cat and our staff. No exceptions will be made. Traps are available to be checked out for a deposit of $50 via check. Once the cat is released and the trap brought back, the deposit check is given back to the owner.

Additional Resources

Do you want to help reduce the feral cat population? You can participate in a local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program! Bloomington has a great program run by Feral Cat Friends. Visit their website for more information.

Have more questions about TNR? Visit Alley Cat Rescue for more information.