Warszawa ( mapka )
ul. Chrzanowskiego 13
tel.: 535 870 225

Alternative actions

Catching cats and transporting them to another location does not fulfil its function because:
  • in the abandoned location will arrive free-living cats from other places in search for shelter,
  • the cats that have not been captured will reproduce, re-expand their herd,
  • the cat colonies are constantly "growing" because they are joined by domestic cats abandoned by their owners
Moving to a safer place is the solution we choose, when the life of the cats remaining in the particular area is at stake (for example, the construction of new settlement, apartment). If we decide to transfer the cats to another location, we must ensure that there will be a person willing to commit itself to the long-term feeding of the cats. The transfer process itself is also difficult for the cats. For the first 2-3 weeks he cats should be kept indoors in order to get familiar with the new location and encode the fact that there is a new source of food. Even if everything will run perfectly fine, we have to reckon with the fact that some cats can get lost.

Bringing cats to asylum or shelter and attempts to domesticate them.

The free-living cats are very intolerant towards living in captivity. They become depressive, refuse to eat and become susceptible to diseases. This can lead to their death in a short period. The untamed cats are difficult to treat and the number of animals in shelters and asylum is so big, that staff and volunteers do not have enough time to look after each cat individually. Only few free-living cats in a shelters have a chance to survive, and live their low-quality life. Providing all free-living cats with new homes is not a realistic option. There are too many of them with too few volunteers. In addition, volunteers are primarily concerned about the care of stray, domesticated cats that need medical treatments and new homes. From the point of view of the free living cat - it is better to let it stay in the wild instead of forcing it to accept the life in a cage or under a bed.

Stop feeding

The elimination of food sources is not possible: it may be anything: a waste chute, trash, or just snacks provided by some random people. Stopping people from feeding is impossible in practice - even penalties/fines do not frighten them. The limitation of food will not also bring the expected effect because the free-living cats are territorial animals and will not go far away in search for food. Instead of leaving, they will approach people and their homes. Cats are able to live without food for several weeks. An attempt to starve them out will create a new challenge for us: dealing with a pack of hungry and weak cats, susceptible to diseases and infected by parasites (including fleas). What seems to be a simple solution can only worsen the already bad situation.

Doing nothing.

If we do not do anything, the herd will be growing until it reaches the natural limit, depending on the availability of shelter and amount of food. When the potential of the location is exceeded, the size of cat population will be regulated by diseases and malnutrition. The problems such as growing population of the cat colonies, noise, odour and dying kittens will remain.

ARGOS Foundation for Animals, 04-886 Warszawa, Garncarska 37A st., KRS: 0000286138
+48 22 615 52 82 | e-mail: fundacja@argos.org.pl | http://www.argos.org.pl
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The KOTERIA neutering clinic for feral cats in Warsaw, Chrzanowskiego 13 st., Warszawa, +48 535 870 225
Manager of KOTERIA Anna Wypych: tel. 603 651 044 | Chief vet Iwona Kłucińska-Petschl tel. + 48 502 642 932