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August 14, 2004

Yoshi & Marley

Marley and Yoshi are very happy brothers with their own home, own cat tree, and two young girls who love them.

Posted by Becky at 12:33 AM


Simply put, they are the wild offspring of unsterilized, lost or abandoned companion animals. They tend to form social groups called colonies, and spend their lives struggling against hunger, harsh weather, and often, human cruelty. Biologically driven to breed, females can have two to three litters of kittens per year, while the males become caught in a cycle of roaming and fighting, often leading to fatal injuries and the spread of feline disease. It is anyone’s guess how many of these unfortunate animals are out there, but we do know their numbers, and their suffering, are increasing.

Pioneered in the UK almost 50 years ago, and now established across the US, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) is a humane, cost effective and efficient solution to the problem of feline overpopulation. The cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated for rabies. Whenever possible, kittens that are young enough to be socialized are removed from the colony and placed in homes. The adult feral cats are returned to their environment, often with a caregiver already in place.

No longer using so much energy to reproduce and care for their young, these cats can be happy and healthy. Naturally territorial, their population stabilizes and gradually decreases over time. Vaccinated for rabies, the cats become a buffer between humans and the wildlife that primarily carries the disease.

The Feral Cat Project is run by volunteers and funded only by donations from you. To keep this project going, we need more of both! For more information on The Feral Cat Project, or on how you can help us to help, please send us an email at

Posted by Becky at 12:08 AM

FeLV - Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia is an incurable viral disease that is spread by cat-to-cat transfer, such as from a bite wound, during mutual grooming, and (though rarely) through the shared use of litter boxes and feeding dishes. Transmission can also take place from an infected mother cat to her kittens, either before they are born or while they are nursing.

Newer methods for treating this disease have become more readily available, including traditional and holistic approaches.

For a very informative compilation of facts relating to FeLV, please visit the Feline Leukemia Virus FAQ from Cornell University at

Posted by Becky at 12:07 AM

August 13, 2004

Cat Behavior & Advice

Do you have a cat-related question or concern?
Cats International ( is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to helping people better understand their feline companions. You can browse the online library of articles or dial a hotline number to get answers to your cat-related questions. They provide free advice for all of your feline behavior issues.

Another good site advice site is littlebigcat. They have experience with holistic veterinary approaches and provide consultation in person and by telephone.

Posted by Becky at 11:58 PM