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Purr-fect events for feral cats

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    Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:28 AM -

    Feral cats have existed alongside humans for 10,000 years.

    It may go against common knowledge, but cats are not just household pets. Stray and feral cats live most landscapes, including cities and rural farmlands. They are usually the offspring of unfixed pet cats and form colonies near and throughout cities. 

    Many times worried residents take feral cats to pounds and shelters. But Alley Cat Allies, a major organization focusing on feral cats, say that's not the right solution. Many times the cats that enter the animal control and shelter system are killed. Feral cats are capable of living full lives in the wild, but struggle finding a home. 

    In fact, there is only a small window in which feral cats are adoptable. Kittens adopted early enough can overcome their feral instincts, but once they grow too old it becomes impossible to make them household animals.

    Toronto announced their first annual Feral Cat Awareness Week. The event want to shine a light on a growing problem. The city has been fighting back through trap-neuter-release programs. Like the name implies feral cats are captured and neutered so they can't continue to expand the feral population. Many events are also planned in the city throughout the end of October. On October 18, a Cat-a-Thon at Nathan Phillips Square, volunteers gathered to spread information.

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