***Residents of Kankakee, Iroquis, and Ford county receive the feral cat package at $25 per cat. For transport services please call us at 877-475-7729.
*** Are you a caretaker with 10 or more cats and need financial assistance in spay/neutering them? Please contact us at 877-475-7729.
**The feral/barn cat program is open to all outdoor feral and barn cats. The cat will receive an ear tip to identify that it was spayed/neutered. Ear tipping is vital for identification and can save the animals life. If an ear tipped cat is caught by animal control agencies they will know that the cat comes from a managed colony and the cat can then be returned to the caretaker.
Why are there so many feral cats?
Feral cats are the ‘wild’ offspring of domestic cats and are the result of pet owners’ abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, leading to uncontrolled breeding. Feral cat ‘colonies’ can be found in urban, rural and even areas quite remote from human dwellings. They are elusive and do not trust humans.
The general myth holds that domesticated animals will survive when returned to the “wild”. However, contrary to popular belief, domestic animals do not automatically return to their “natural” instincts and cannot fend for themselves! All too often a stray suffers a violent ending, or a slow painful death – all alone. Many “throwaways” die mercilessly outdoors from starvation, disease and abuse.
Why is it important to spay/neuter my cat?
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
- Sterilized cats live longer healthier lives
- Sterilized cats do not roam as much or spray to mark their territory
- Sterilizing cats will ultimately save the community money by reducing the burden on local shelters
- A single unsterilized female cat can produce hundreds of kittens in her lifetime.
Why do so many cats need our help?
- Cats are prolific breeders
- Females have 3 litters per year with an average of 4 kittens per litter
- Thousands of cats are abandoned each year many to the streets
Some information from our friends at the “Feral” Cat spay/neuter project.
About the Cats What is a Feral Cat?
The official definition of feral is, “living in a wild state after domestication”. We consider that feral simply denotes unsocial behavior toward people. Behaviors can be modified, and some feral cats become tame. Regardless of whether a cat loves people or fears them, any outdoor, unaltered cat reproduces and contributes to the homeless cat problem.
We choose “free-roaming” to best describe what most people call “feral cats”, because free-roaming includes lost, abandoned, loosely-owned and stray cats in addition to “feral”. People feed and care about all the cats.
How does spay/neuter change the lives of free-roaming cats?
Body condition is a reliable indicator of health, that is, a robust cat is a healthy cat. Scientifically conducted studies reveal that altered free-roaming cats gain weight after altering. This makes sense considering that females no longer endure pregnancy and raise kittens. The risk of uterine infection and mammary infection disappears after spay surgery. Neutered male cats stop vying for breeding and fight less resulting in a healthier lifestyle.
Why do we care about cats that aren’t pets?
No one questions that people frequently enjoy relationships with wildlife, whether they are bird watching or crouching near tide pools to take in the amazing diversity of life. We care about other creatures in our world even when they can’t be snuggled and many people bond with free-roaming cats and find great satisfaction in helping them lead healthy lives.
Why do we spay/neuter cats that aren’t social with us?
All unaltered cats contribute to the pool of unadopted kittens and cats euthanized in shelters every day. If we magically altered every free-roaming cat today, more would be born tomorrow. Tame cats are the original source of all free-roaming cats. The cats haven’t chosen their owners nor their social skills. For our purposes, whether a cat is tame, feral-behaving, shy, friendly, semi-feral, stray or something else, just doesn’t matter. We offer spay/neuter any of them, because it changes their lives forever.
How does altering a free-roaming cat save the lives of shelter kittens?
A scientific study revealed that about 85% of pet cats are altered while only 2% of free-roaming cats are altered. Population projections estimate 33 million kittens/ year come from pet cats and 147 million come from free-roaming cats.
Every time a litter is born, it lowers the odds that others will be adopted. Competition for homes increases. What happens to the kittens that aren’t adopted? You know. But with spay/neuter, fewer kittens are born, competition for homes is reduced and lives are saved through prevention.
*****Information provided above is from the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter project. www.feralcatproject.org
SPAY ILLINOIS also alters all outdoor cats and kittens under our feral cat program. We believe that even though these cats are tame they contribute to the overpopulation rate in our communities. We provide the same services for these cats at the same price as our feral cat package.