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Population estimates vary widely, but outdoor cats are found in almost every neighborhood across the U.S. These cats include community cats—friendly stray or abandoned cats as well as feral (unsocialized) cats—and owned cats let outside to roam and reproduce. Understanding the complex and emotional issues relating to outdoor cats is essential to combating cat overpopulation and keeping cats and wildlife safe and healthy.

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Where to Find Help for Community Cats

You don't have to go it alone when helping local community (feral and stray) cats. Use our map to find organizations, shelters, rescue groups, veterinary clinics and spay/neuter clinics near you.
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Companion Animal News & Resources

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    Outdoor Cats: Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about feral cats.

  • September 19, 2014

    Training Your Cat with Positive Reinforcement

    You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That’s the theory behind positive reinforcement. Don’t punish your cat for unwanted behavior; instead, reward her for doing something you like.

  • September 12, 2014

    What to Do If Your Cat Is Marking Territory

    In the wild, animals are a lot like Gold Rush miners – they lay claim to their territory. Your own cat is not that far removed from his wild roots. He still has that instinctual urge to stake his claim, and he uses scent to do it.

  • September 12, 2014

    What to Do If Your Cat Is Aggressive with People

    It’s distressing to have an animal you lavish with love show her appreciation with bites and scratches. Here are several scenarios to explain why cats can be aggressive toward people, along with solutions to keep you from visiting the first-aid kit.

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