Feral cats are not socialized to people and they are unadoptable as pets. Because of this CAP will only accept feral cats through the Trap, Neuter, and Return program. If you have trapped a cat and do not want to neuter and return, you can surrender the cat to your local animal control facility but first you may want to read about preventing unwanted feral behavior with our Feral Cat Deterrence Techniques.
Often times feral kittens can be socialized if worked with at a very early age. The ideal window for socializing feral kittens is 12 weeks of age or younger—beyond 12 weeks, feral cats may never socialize completely or at all. As a result, we do not recommend attempting to socialize feral cats older than 12 weeks—it is dangerous and stressful for both you and the cat. The best thing you can do to help feral cats is Trap, Neuter, and Return.
The humane solution to cat colony population expansion is trap-spay/neuter-release. CAP supports this solution with our Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) TNR has been used successfully all over the world and is considerably more effective than the wholesale euthanasia of all ferals heretofore attempted by animal control agencies and shelters. In fact, TNR is an approved method of feral cat population control within the City of Houston. See Houston Code Secs. 6 and 22. Because of our belief, CAP developed and has operated for the last ten years, a program designed to help deal with the feral cat problem in Houston.
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