The SPCA endorses Trap-Sterilise-Return, which helps improve the health and quality of life for feral cats and prevents more from being born into this dangerous and difficult existence.
Thank you for visiting the Cape of Good Hope SPCA regarding the trapping of stray and/or feral cats. We appreciate your care and concern for animals.
You can request assistance from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA by filling out the form below.
Inhumane control methods are not advised or advocated – this is illegal and a criminal offence.
Here are some steps you can follow for us to assist you further with trapping.
What Is a Feral Cat?
A cat born and raised in the wild, or who has been abandoned or lost and turned to wild ways in order to survive, is considered a free-roaming or feral cat.
While some feral cats tolerate a bit of human contact, most are too fearful and wild to be handled.
Ferals often live in groups, called colonies, and take refuge wherever they can find food – rodents and other small animals and garbage.
Feral Cats at Factories & Businesses
It is best to keep a small and manageable colony, as they assist with keeping rodent populations down and keep other cats at bay.
Removing all the cats will only create a void for more cats to move into.
Also, there is no guarantee that all the cats will be caught, as cats become wise to the traps or “trap shy”.
The cats usually come into the area due to an easily accessible food source e.g. canteen, kitchen, dustbins, people feeding them, etc.
Exclusion is the first step by controlling where and how they are fed, as this will make trapping and monitoring them much easier.
Ensure that all other food sources are made inaccessible i.e. inform guests and staff not to feed, seal dustbins, not to dump food or leave dirty plates on tables too long, etc.
A feeding station away from the main food source should be set up where food can be left for the cats to bring them to one area and in one group at a set time. This will assist in counting the animals, spotting any that may be sick or injured, determining ages and possible sexes, and then also help with the best strategy to trap the cats i.e. individual or group traps. We can assist with establishing the feeding station, firstly.
Please note there is no quick fix to the feral cat problem as it takes time to assess and trap.
It would be advised to have one of our staff members come to the property to assess the current colony and a way forward, after the assessment has been done, you can look into the physical trapping of the cats. You can request a colony assessment by filling out the form below.
Individual Stray or Feral Cats
We can assist with collecting these cats if you can confine them in a secure area or place them into a box with ventilation holes.
We also hire out cat traps in the event you are not able to confine them yourself. Traps must be pre-booked, and we will provide you with the available dates.
We will also assist with the collection of the trap/s if there is a cat trapped after hours. You are welcome to call our after-hours number for assistance.
Please let us know how we can assist by completing the form below.
We hope the information is helpful and that we will be able to work together!