It is easy to miss the threat feral cats can pose. Sometimes we are victims without even realizing it. You may have once lived in an area where you saw mangy cats hanging out in trees or scurrying into bushes, but thought nothing of it. Later, when your own beloved pet, who was like family to you, needed to be put down because of feline leukemia, you still didn't think twice about those scroungy looking cats that lived in your residential neighborhood. But you should have. Those feral cats are known to spread feline leukemia, and also feline immunodeficiency virus, to domesticated cats. It is a heartbreaking thing to lose a pet. But, it is even more heartbreaking to not know why. Here are more ways feral cats can be a threat to you, your family, and your pets.
The term "feral" describes any animal that is in a wild state, and is most often used when speaking of a creature that has escaped captivity or domestication. But, some feral animals are born in the wild and have never been socialized to humans. This creates a problem. Our familiarity with these animals can make them incredibly dangerous. Like all wild animals, feral cats are unpredictable. If they feel threatened, cornered, or are defending their young, they will attack. This can be a significant danger for children playing near an area where feral cats are living.
When we see an animal that looks like a house cat, with matted fur and slightly drooping ears, it is only natural to feel compassion. We might even feel compassion if we didn't recognize it as an animal we normally care for in our homes. But, that matted fur is telling you something. These are creatures that groom themselves. If they look mangy, it may be that they are too sickly to keep up with their grooming. There are many diseases that feral cats can catch, carry, and transmit, like rabies, RIV, FIV, and feline leukemia. Feral cats are also likely to forage in dirty places and pick up harmful bacteria. This makes them a potential spreader of salmonella, cat-scratch fever, and campylobacter.
If feral cats take up residence on your property or inside your home, there are other dangers. Like all wild animals that have fur, they can pick up parasites like lice, mites, ticks, and fleas which they can spread to your pets and to your home.
Be cautious when dealing with these feral cats. They may look like someone's pet, but they are far from it. These are wild animals, and they should be dealt with by a professional.
If you live in Hawaii, and you have feral cats on or around your property, we can assist you with this problem. The wildlife control experts here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions have the education and advanced equipment to safely, and humanely, trap and remove feral animals. Don't take risks with feral cats. Take proactive measures to protect yourself, your family, and your community today by contacting the professionals here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.