Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Unknown Cats in your Garden?

Unknown Cats in your Garden?
If the unknown cats in your garden are not your own or your neighbor's, it is likely they are neighborhood feral cats. I was shocked to find feral cats in our backyard garden. And now that my family and I are aware of them, we see feral cats everywhere.

Maryann Mott, of National Geographic News reported in 2004, that according to feline experts, there were 70 million feral cats living in the United States. Today, 5 years later, we know the estimate would be even higher. Mott suggested the high feral cat population was due to weak efforts in controlling populations, and the fact that cat's reproduce so fast.

After finding -- not one, but four -- feral cats in our home garden, I was inspired to write the story, 'Tango the Garden Cat'.

Tango, the Garden Cat part 3: Home for Christmas
'Tango the Garden Cat' is a 3-part mini-series. The third and last part of this feral cat garden story, 'Home for Christmas', will be published December 23, 3009
on the website of Dave's Garden. You can read the story that day or you can find the story anytime after that on Dave's Garden, or by an online search (Google, etc).

What can you do to help feral cats in your community?
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). TNR has been shown to humanely reduce unwanted feral cats. Learn more from this informative video presented by The Humane Society of the United States.

Read Tango's Story
Tango the Garden Cat part 1: Tango Arrives by Diana Wind
Tango the Garden Cat part 2: Tango's Garden Adventure 

Tango the Garden Cat part 3: Home for Christmas

Related Links:

Keeping cats out of gardens and yards, Neighboorhood Cats
The Humane Society
Effectively Managing Feral Cats DVD,
The Humane Society
Alley Cat Allies
Managing a feral cat colony, Neighborhood Cats
U.S. Faces Growing Feral Cat Problem by Maryann Mott Carol Moore, ARTIST for the Tango mini-series

Video by The Humane Society of the U.S.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a strategy for improving the lives of feral cats and reducing their numbers.

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