Stray Cat Strut Forms Now Available

The 2015 Stray Cat Strut will be held at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala on Saturday, October 24th from 8-12. Help us get the word out about this event. All proceeds will help homeless cats in Marion and Levy counties. Forms for the 2015 Stray Cat Strut are now available on our website. Please download our flyer to share with others. Our liability release and sponsor forms are also available online. You may fill them out ahead of time and bring them with you to the event ( one form per person please). Forms will also be available at our table on the day of the event. All forms are available under our Resources section- Common Forms. Mark your calendars for October 24th and plan to “strut” to help local community cats.

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    1. I have a friend that ;unfortunately, promotes feral cats to breed and though she does care some,she does not want to do more than she has to to stop the overpopulation problem.She now has another kitten litter of 5 and they will be weanable in 3 more weeks.I hope that she can find good homes for them,but I do not think she will even try contacting as many cat rescues as she needs.She has done what she can for about 3 cats,but I find I have to try and get rid of them for her since she complains so.I am tired of her being neglectful of doing more to prevent the pregnancies and feeding the cats outside.I have beseeched her to just feed inside for her favorites.The railroad cars must drop grain that encourages the growth of the mice population.I do not know why there are so many cats and kittens in her neighborhood.The county will not pick them up and at least spay them and rerelease.Cristine tends to look the other way but she will at least feed the animals some dry food everyday.Her porch gets so flooded when it gets really rainy and the cat and kittens are forced to simply hang in there and survive the best that they can in empty cardboard boxes.I change out the boxes when I come across them.I did provide an old plastic filing cabinet recently.Maybe they can make it through Hurricane Ericka.How do I get my friend to try harder to get the kittens a home and the cat spayed before we just have to surrender to the shelter?She hates to see them go there when it is not a no kill shelter,but she simply complains so much until I try and dispose of them somehow.Why can she not be more responsible?

      1. Hi Susan- Thanks for writing. It sounds like you are a compassionate person who wants to be helpful to your friend. Unfortunately, as with most human activities, for any person to want to change any behavior, the desire must come from within themselves. We do have an excellent program to help her get her feral cat colony under control, if that is what she wants to do, but to utilize it, she will have to attend a care giver class and commit to caring for her colony on a daily basis. We do charge a very modest $10 per cat. For that each cat is spayed or neutered, given all age appropriate shots, and receives flea and ear mite medication. We have humane traps that can be borrowed to catch the cats and our coordinator works with each care giver to create a plan and provide information and assistance. We have literature that you can share with your friend and, if she is interested, our Community Cats coordinator would be happy to speak with her to create a plan to help her better manage her colony. Cats are very prolific breeders and can get pregnant at 4 months of age. In Florida they can have 3+ litters a year with anywhere from 3-6 kittens in each litter. Cats go where there is a potential food source ( hence they are often found behind restaurants and big box stores). If your friend is feeding cats, she has established a food zone for them. She may hate the idea of them going to a kill shelter, but by allowing them to breed freely, she is adding to the problem all shelters face. All of us are flooded with litters of kittens during the summer, many more than there are homes for. Most animal control centers will not trap and spay/neuter cats and return them. They will trap and, most likely, euthanize them. If your friend is interested in the well-being of the cats she is feeding, our Community Cats Program can help. Please share our information with her. Thanks again for your compassion.

  1. Is it possible to set a date to surrender the kittens and mom at your place soon?There are 3 males and 2 females and they are orange, 1 gray and white, and one that is mostly all white with alittle greyish markings.The mom is a calico.Thank you for your response.If you can not take them, is there another sure bet place?

    1. Hi Susan- We do not have a shelter. All our cats are in foster homes. Our new facility is our headquarters and surgical center. We are not set up there as a shelter. Our foster homes are currently full and cannot take in any more cats. You may want to call the Humane Society of Marion County. There are no sure bet places during kitten season as all of us get swamped by cats. Although we are full, if you send us some pictures of the kittens and mom, we will keep those on file and, if we get any openings, we will let you know. To help the kittens and mom have the best chance to get adopted, they need to be socialized to people. Gently handling them every day is important. It is hard to adopt out cats who shy away from people. Again, I strongly urge your friend to use our Community Cats Program to get her colony under control. We would be happy to speak with her.

      1. Gina-
        Can we give Susan the phone # to call about TNR?
        I tried for 15 years to get any cat or kitten into our Humane Society without success. They claim always over capacity.
        It’s important to know that they have a contractual agreement with our county kill shelter. When any cat has been at the Humane Society too long without being adopted, they call the kill shelter to retrieve so they can free up space. Not a lot of people know this. In that way, they can keep their “no kill” status. They just turn cats over to the shelter to be killed.

        1. Hi Dee- We sure can. Susan, or anyone else interested, you can reach our Community Cats program at 352-509-5228. Since our program director is often working with cats, please leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible. Our next Care Giver workshop ( a requirement to participate in the program) will be on Saturday, September 19th from 3-5 at our new surgical center. Please call to confirm a space for the workshop, as we expect to be full. Information about our program, along with the contact information, can also be found under the resources link on our website. We would be happy to help with your colony.

      2. I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were cloesd, I gave them dog kibbles. They’re more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food. The next day, i got them a fresh pack of made-for-cats kibbles and they immediately dived in and ate up. How come my cats knew what I gave them wasn’t cat food? I also know of dogs that won’t eat cat food for the long run (not mine though, cos they’re pigs and will eat anything). It would be good if a pet food manufacturer can answer this question. Is there some special ingredient you put in cat and dog food that makes cats and dogs know which kibbles is who’s? Also, nowadays, dogs are eating fish too like salmon. You can’t say it’s the ingredient. How come they know the difference?

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