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STRAY CATS
 

It's almost kitten season again (seems like it never stops) and we need to spay/neuter, spay/neuter, spay/neuter...

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There are an estimated 200,000 plus feral or undomesticated cats in Clark County.  A number of people feed such cats and they often start by feeding a stray cat that looks hungry.

Under 10.06 of the Clark County Ordinance, people in unincorporated Clark County who feed feral cats are allowed to set up a registered colony if they spay/neuter the cats that they are feeding.  The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society encourages people who feed, to spay/neuter these cats, even if they don’t consider these cats to belong to them.  The LVVHS will help trap and spay/neuter the cats as long as they can be returned and as long as someone will continue to feed and monitor the cats.  The person feeding the cats must be the property owner or have the approval of the property owner for the LVVHS to trap.

 

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society works in conjunction with the Heaven Can Wait Spay/Neuter Clinic and Sunrise Veterinary Clinic to accomplish this.  Cats taken to the clinic in traps are spayed or neutered, innoculated with Feline Rhinotracheities-Calici-Panleukopenia (FVRCP) and Rabies vaccines, and treated for fleas and earmites if present. One ear is tipped to indicate that the cat has been sterilized. If  a veterinarian determines that the cat is ill, the LVVHS will have the cat humanely euthanized. If the feeder can trap and transport to the HCWS, the LVVHS will provide traps.  For more information, please contact 434-2009 and leave a request for TNVR or TNR and the volunteer spay/neuter coordinate will call.  Or email feralcats@lvvhumane.org.

 

Want to register a colony? Please go the Central Sponsor for Clark County at http://www.clarkcountyferalcats.org.  The Central Sponsor is a third party person not associated with Clark County Animal Control.

Feral cats in recoveryLas Vegas Valley Humane Society (LVVHS) works with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society (HCW) and Clark County Feral Cat Coalition (C5) to spay/neuter 405 cats during weekend clinics for National Feral Cat Day! As a part of their efforts to recognize National Feral Cat Day, the LVVHS in conjunction with HCW and C5 trapped, transported, sterilized, and recovered 405 cats during two days of clinics held on October 15 and 16. HCW held the clinic at their facility and provided the veterinarians and vet techs for surgery. C5 provided many of the volunteers. LVVHS had trappers and volunteers at the clinic.  

On Tuesday, October 18, the LVVHS along with HCW and C5 received proclamations for their work on TNR in honor of National Feral Cat Day. The Proclamations, presented by Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and the rest of the Clark County Commission, expressed the County’s appreciation for the work on sterilizing feral cats that has been done by these three groups.

 

Stray cat trapped in cageBefore you begin trapping you should check with the veterinarians in your area to make sure that they would be willing to neuter feral cats. Keep in mind that only dissolvable stitches can be used since it will be impractical to bring a wild cat back in to have his stitches removed. If you are trapping at night, just leave the cat in the trap over night in a secure and protected area (the cat shouldn't have any food or water before surgery anyway). The veterinarian can anesthetize the cat in the trap, remove him from the trap for surgery and replace him in the trap for the necessary recovery period. You should wait until the cat is fully awake before you release him back to his area so that there is less danger of him injuring himself. The traps are designed so that you can give the cat food and water while he is recovering. If you can afford additional services (shop for price if you need to) vaccinations are good, especially rabies in certain areas and a leukemia test.

Mostly in large population areas, feral (wild) cats can create a nuisance not to mention that the cats themselves are subject to inbreeding, over breeding, disease and early death. Las Vegas is especially plagued with feral cats because of the transient nature of some of our population and because of our warmer winters. In most cases if you try to just eliminate a cat population by destroying the present cats eventually more will come as long as there is some food source whether it be garbage cans or someone feeding outside. The best and most humane way to deal with a population of feral cats is to trap, spay or neuter, vaccinate and release back. Then they should be fed and watered on a regular basis and monitored. Trapping can be relatively easy with the right equipment. Humane traps can sometimes be rented or borrowed from animal societies. The traps are a metal grid cage with a trap door at one end and normally another door at the other end in which you can insert a plate of food. We typically cover the top of the cage with a towel or sheet (this will do wonders to quiet a scared wild cat once it is trapped). The best time to trap is at night, which is when most feral cats come out to search for food. If you are feeding a feral cat population, it is best to withhold the food for a day or two before you begin trapping so that the cats are good and hungry. 

The first time you trap in an area is always the easiest. Then there always seems to be one or two holdouts that just refuse to go into a trap. But be patient and persevere. Once a colony is spayed and neutered, the number of cats in that area should remain pretty constant. The cats themselves will be more content to stay in that area and of course there will be less cat fights. To take on a project of this nature will require both time and money but keep in mind that you are providing a great service to both the human and cat populations. Unfortunately there will be some of the humans who will not understand what you are doing even after you explain it to them but please don't let them discourage you. It is a good thing that you are doing! If you need information or encouragement just drop us an email at feralcats@lvvhumane.org. 
 
 

 

 
 

 

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