There are lots of feral and semi-feral cats living in our midst. Some were pets at one time, but having lived outside for a while, they have lost their trust of humans. Some were never social with humans and do heir best to avoid us at all costs. Many of these “community cats” have not been spayed or neutered, so from mid-spring to late fall, litters of kittens are born and raised right in our back yards…. Literally!
When caring animal-lovers see kittens outside, we want to help. Surely the best thing is to catch them and find them homes, right? Not so fast! It’s way more complicated than you think!