Thank you for your interest in feral cats. Only through concerned citizens such as yourself can we manage the feral cat populations in our neighborhoods.
What is a Feral Cat?
A feral cat is a cat that is no longer, or never has been, domesticated. These cats may have been born to a feral mother, or may have become feral after being lost or abandoned by an owner. Feral cats are not socialized, and will avoid human contact the way any wild animal will. Feral cats exist everywhere, from rural communities to urban settings. They survive in groups called colonies, which tend to form near a source of food or shelter.
Feral cats live outside, and are happy doing so.
The Benefits of Feral Cats
Unfortunately, feral cats are often considered nuisance animals, but feral cats provide some real benefits to your neighborhood. These cats will help keep the pest population in check. This includes mice, rats, snakes, and insects. Additionally the presence of feral cats helps keep other undesirable scavengers, such as raccoons and possums, away from the area. The key to maintaining a beneficial feral cat population is a program called Trap-Neuter-Return.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, is the most humane and effective way of controlling the feral cat population in your neighborhood. TNR works like this:
Trap: Using humane traps, trap each unaltered cat in the colony.
Neuter: Take the animal (in the trap) to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, given vaccines, and eartipped (a universal symbol that the animal is altered).
Return: Return the animal to its original outdoor home. By controlling the feral cats' ability to reproduce, the population in your neighborhood will not grow over time.
No matter how aggressive, animal control laws will never solve the feral cat problem. As quickly as feral cats are removed, other cats, or other species, will fill the territory. Nationwide, the best solution to manage feral cat issues is TNR.
The feral cat program provides the spay or neuter surgery, ear tip and rabies vaccination to feral cats from any parish for $25 per cat or kitten. The services are provided in our Community Clinic on our campus at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
There can be up to a week wait for appointments, so we recommend making appointments for your feral cats and setting aside time to trap the night before or the morning of your appointment. When calling, please leave your name, phone number, the number of cats you expect to trap and specify that these are feral cats and not domestic pets. Appointments may be made by calling 504-363-1333. The program coordinator will contact you within a week of your call.
Unfortunately, we can not take a caught cat at the last minute due to the number of surgeries booked per day. Please try these other area clinics
who perform feral cat spay/neuter.
If you need a humane trap for feral cats, the LA/SPCA has traps available. A single trap may be borrowed for a $30 fully refundable deposit; multiple traps may be borrowed for a $50 fully refundable deposit. The deposit is held until the traps are returned and is refunded in full. To borrow a TNR trap, contact 504-368-5191 ext 205 or email email@example.com.
Traps are also available for rent through Animal Control for non-TNR purposes. If you have a feral cat or cats in your neighborhood, the LA/SPCA urges you to consider TNR or to work with an existing caretaker to resolve conflicts before turning the feral cat over to the Animal Rescue and Care Center. To borrow an Animal Control trap, call 504-368-5191 ext 100.
For a list for retailers that sell traps, please click here.
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