What is a Community Cat?
“Community Cat” is used to describe any free-roaming, outdoor cat. Some are not socialized with people, while others are friendly and may have been lost or abandoned by their previous families. Because they live outside, and oftentimes are being fed and cared for by one or more neighbors, they are called community cats.
There are Community Cats in every neighborhood. Although you may not recognize a cat, if it looks well-fed and healthy, someone is providing the basic care it needs. There is no reason to bring these cats to an animal shelter, as they are not lost.
How can I keep cats out of my yard?
Cats are free to roam. Removing cats from your property will not solve the problem. If you don’t want them in your yard, there are steps you can to take to deter them from coming into your yard.
- Don’t feed your pets outside
- Secure garbage cans so food waste doesn’t attract unwanted animals
- Clean up your yard
- Talk to your neighbors to find out who is feeding cats and if they need help with spay/neuter to reduce the population
How can I help Community Cats?
If you are already feeding one or more cats, besides providing food and shelter, the most important action you can take is to make sure every cat you feed is spayed or neutered and vaccinated.
If you aren’t feeding a Community Cat but know someone who is, you can still help by making sure the cats are fixed and vaccinated. The common term for this is TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) where cats are trapped, fixed and returned to where they came from.
How can I get a Community Cat fixed?
There are a number of resources available to you for low-cost spay/neuter of pet cats and Community Cats.
- Monthly Spay Neuter Clinic by HSNB and Whiskers, Tails & Ferals
- SPCA of Solano County Spay Neuter Clinic
Does the Humane Society of the North Bay have a Community Cats program?”
Not yet but we are actively planning to develop one. Check back in here for updates.
What should I do if I find a cat with a tipped ear?
A tipped ear indicates that the cat has already been sterilized and vaccinated, so you can simply leave that cat alone.
Ear-tipped cats that are brought to the Humane Society will be returned to the community.
What if I see a sick or injured cat?
Vallejo residents may bring the cat or kitten to the Humane Society or call Solano County Animal Control for assistance. Benicia residents should call Benica PD.
Solano County Animal Control: (707) 784-4733
Benicia: (707)745-3412 (Police Department 24hrs.)
What do I do if I find kittens?
Leave kittens with mom. Mom cats do not typically abandon their kittens. Like all babies, kittens are best left with their mothers who instinctively know how to help their kittens grow up to be strong and healthy cats.
If you know the mother is present, it is best to leave kittens with her. To determine whether the mother is caring for the kittens, wait and observe for two to four hours to see if the mother returns. The mother could just be out looking for food. If she doesn’t return, the kitten(s) could be abandoned.
Neonatal kittens, 4 weeks old or younger, need constant care and still depend on mom for 100 percent of their food. Kittens 5 to 8 weeks old can begin to eat wet food, but are still being weaned.
To determine the age of a kitten, use Alley Cat Allies’ Kitten Progression Chart.
What do I do with a cat I know has been abandoned?
Call HSNB and make an appointment to find out if we are able to take the cat.