Florida Stray Cat Control
Try your local county animal services (look in the blue pages) first, but call a
private trapper if you need to.
Stray Cat Info:
Stray cats are defined as cats that are lost or have become separated from a home or owner. When
people refer to stray cats, they usually mean feral cats. Feral cats are simply
non-domesticated cats living in the wild. They were born in the wild, and have never had a home.
Their behavior is completely different from domesticated cats. They are truly wild animals! There
are 60 million cats living in American households, and an estimated 100 million feral cats! Cats
are very self-sufficient (as most people are aware) and excellent hunters, and thus able to live in
the wild just fine. Of all of the wild animals I have dealt with, trapped feral cats can be the
most ferocious! They claw, bite, hiss, emit a nasty musk scent, and do anything to escape. I've
seen feral cats scale a ten foot wall. They're not to be trifled with. When I capture cats I bring
them to the humane society in the county I catch them in. They are available for adoption of
course, but most are put down after a certain time period.
again. This is not the website for a government agency, like the county animal services. We are not a humane
society. This is a private company. The only
times we deal with cats are cases in which cats are living in an attic of a home or under a building, and the
county won't help. But we will charge our normal fees.
people who call me about feral cats complain that the cats are living under a deck or porch, making noise,
fighting, or stealing pet food left outside. Many of these people have a genuine concern and care for these
animals, and don't like seeing the population getting out of hand. Some people even begin to feed feral cats,
and soon find that they are swarmed by hungry felines looking for a free handout. I've even removed feral cats
that have gotten inside the home.
are extremely effective hunters that are known to seriously deplete natural wildlife population, especially
birds. They feed on song birds, game birds, mice, rodents, rabbits and other small animals. They are also known
to kill poultry and harm domestic pets. This disruption of the natural food chain will reduce the number of
native predators in the area.
will leave droppings and urine in the areas they live, and will of course scratch and dig. Stray cats are a
source of fatal and non-fatal diseases transmittable to humans and domestic cats, including rabies, plague,
ringworm, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch fever, allergies, feline leukemia, feline distemper and secondary bacterial
county animal services might help take care of your feral cat problem for free: