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Posted August 24, 2011 by peta2 staff

A concerned resident called PETA after seeing this feral cat. Take one look at his photo, and you can see why.

A PETA supporter went to the scene and was able to trap the cat and take him to a veterinarian.

In addition to the cat’s obviously horrific ear wounds, he was suffering from an aggressive and painful form of cancer that had reduced this formerly gorgeous cat to a weak, bedraggled skeleton. The veterinarian immediately put the suffering cat out of his misery, giving him more comfort in his final moments than he had likely known for much of his life.

Unless they are rescued, as this poor cat was, feral cats do not die gently—they incur ghastly injuries and infections, contract painful diseases, are poisoned and shot by people who don’t want them in their yards, are hit by cars, are attacked by wildlife, and so on. Easily treatable conditions for cats who live in our homes, like urinary tract infections and flea infestations, can become miserable and even deadly for cats who cannot be handled.

If there are feral cats in your neighborhood, please don’t prolong their agony by simply putting out food and hoping for the best. Trap them and bring them into your home (but be aware that some feral cats never become tame and spend their lives in hiding, afraid of you and any noise); take them to a reputable open-admission shelter (not a so-called “no kill” shelter that warehouses frightened, unadoptable animals in cages for years); or take them to a veterinarian for a peaceful release from a world that has turned its back on them. I’ve personally done all three, and this last option, while the hardest on me, was by far the easiest on the cat.

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  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is horrific. I always want to do the most I can for animals but I know there is always more a person can do.

  • 1919 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was happy to see your article here on the often misunderstood ‘feral’ cats. I have done Volunteer Foster care for over 200+ animals through our local Humane Society. One of the wonderful animals I recieved was a ‘stray’ mother cat with 9 babies. She needed a place to stay to raise her babies. When I first brought her home and put her into her quarantine area I noticed right away that she did not feel like being a mommy. She would growl and hiss at her own babies. I ended up having to bottle feed and rub the hineys of 9 little baby kittens for the next several weeks. Mama kitty would feed them every once in a while but it just wasn’t enough. Later I found out that Mama kitty was indeed a feral cat someone had brought in because they were worried about the kittens. All 9 kittens found new homes and Mama kitty was deemed ‘unadoptable’ through the Humane Society. She kept hissing and attempting to attack people. I asked if I could adopt her. So she is now considered part of our family.

    I think she is around 4 years of age (we have had her about 3 years now). She has yet to completely warm up to us all. We (her and my other animals) have a mutual understanding….We give her space and when she feels like it she lets us love on her =o) I would not recommend it for everyone but it is possible to do. =o)Thanks for letting people know!

  • 1920 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Truly heart breaking.

  • 1922 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i feel so sad now 🙁

  • 1923 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am glad he got a peaceful ending to a once miserable life.

  • 1924 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s so sad… 🙁 atleast people are stepping up and trying to help them.

  • 1925 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww that’s horrible

  • 1925 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The most important option wasn’t listed – trap, neuter, release (TNR). A vaccinated, neutered, well monitored colony can allow most of these cats to lead happy, enriched lives. It is a proven, effective alternative to euthanasia.

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i seriously almost cried when i saw that picture D:

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awe that poor cat! i’m glad someone called PETA

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I had a feral cat a while back that my dad caught in our cat trap that we keep because our neighbors treat thier cats and dogs so badly and he lived for well over 6 years. He happened to get out one day and on the way back to our house at night, when the people who live down the street from us let their huge dogs out, they happend to find him before we do. i felt really bad that even after he had been domesticated he had to die a feral death. seeing this reminded me of him. and i just though i would share.

    Animals for a better life
    -Taylor

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ohh that poor cat :'( I guess that was the right thing for it, but there are other place where they have cat “infestations”. These are perfectly healthy cats that have over bred and occasional poo on the pavement, so the residents have them trapped and killed. I know they couldn’t be adopted but just killing hundreds of healthy cats isn’t fair. They could be neutered to control the population and given to a shelter like in Jake’s town. Some people think of noone but them selves 🙁

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    World’s unfair!

  • M

    1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You fail to mention what is considered the best action for dealing with feral cats–TNR, or trap-neuter-return. Removing the cats often results in a new colony appearing and taking over the vacant turf. There are thousands of colonies living well with caretakers who feed them and do TNR so the colony has zero population growth. Killing them is inhumane and ineffective. I’ve been doing TNR for 4 years and the dozens of cats I’ve rescued live relatively decent lives.

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Such a shame..

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so sad – before I read that the kitty was too sick and had to be put to sleep, I was gonna say, if she needed a home, I would take her.

    There’s a stray living in one of my neighbors garage, and someone is feeding him, cuz he’s in good shape. He likes to hang with my kitties. Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about calling my local SPCA (it’s a no kill one), and asking them to help trap him, and then we can adopt him, since we already know he’s friendly and gets along with my cats.

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You forgot one option! Take them to the vet for rehabilitation 🙂 Not all stray cats are feral, some are just sassy :p I feel bad for that cat in the picture, but if people give up a few Starbucks lattes, they can sometimes pay for vet treatment of a sickly or injured stray!

  • Jay

    1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s so sad D: my latest cat I took off the streets in my hometown and took her back to my house (a six hour drive away) and took care of her, and now she’s happy and healthy. She looked similar to that poor cat up there, someone slammed a door on her ear when she was just a baby. T^T breaks my heart.

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I always help the cats around my campus but the no-kill shelter refuses to take them in and I live in the dorms where pets are not allowed, I have taken many cats in before but now that I’m in college its so hard and HEARTBREAKING for me to see those poor lonely babies–makes me cry everytime :'(

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my god, it`s terrible!!

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I don’t agree that feral cats should be removed from their environment. Yes, suffering is possible for these animals. But they can also live great lives. Our community is very animal-friendly & we run a large TNR clinic every month. It is free to the public & usually spays/neuters about 300 cats in one day. I personally care for 6 colonies, and they are fat, healthy, beautiful animals. Trapping feral cats and bringing them into one’s home is a terrifying experience for them. Trapping them and bringing them to an open-admission shelter is the same as banning them to death. For most city-run shelters, protocol for feral cats is immediate euthanasia. Feral cats are as much a part of our communities as are other animals like raccoons and possums. You will never succeed in removing them all, as new ones will take their place upon removal. Yes, it was right for the cat in the photo above to be euthanized but you shouldn’t apply this policy so broadly to the rest.

    • 1926 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      And please keep in mind that we are discussing FERAL cats. Obviously, a domesticated cat is not the same as a truly feral cat which makes the circumstances different.

  • 1926 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s so terrible that they could have such different lives, but instead they end up with this; probably just because someone got bored of them.
    Unfortunately, I’ve only done the third, and it was incredibly hard. My Dad however, who lives out in the sticks in Washington, is always coming across feral and abandoned cats, and regularly has to do all three- in fact he has eight cats in his home now, all beautiful and loving!

  • 1927 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    oh my god!

  • 1927 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s sad. My town has a shelter (a no-kill one. But it’s not cruel, that’s a steriotype. The cat’s aren’t even in cages There in big rooms full with all those cool cat mazes that are at the pet store, and they go up to the ceiling). and they trap feral cats, fix, vaccinate, and feed them. Any kittens are adopted out, and any ones like the one above are sent to heaven. There used to be a bunch of cats in my neighborhood, but they all got eaten by the neighborhood hawks (Rachel and Tobias).

  • 1927 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor baby cat 🙁

  • 1927 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awww that’s awful.. People shoot animals for being on their garden!? O.o and people say guns are good?

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