Ft. Lauderdale's Top Vet Explains What to Do with a Feral Cat

Feral cats are essentially wild cats. They are often born on the streets and have had little to no previous contact with humans. Ft. Lauderdale has a large feral cat population so it's is extremely important for the community to recognize this issue to help prevent the number of cats born in the wild. Spaying and Neutering ferals helps control and minimize the growing population. There are feral Spay and Neuter programs that offer low cost services, like the Feral Program at DPC Veterinary Hospital. DPC encourages the community to trap ferals using humane live traps. They are then spayed or neutered, and ear notched. Ear notching is done so ferals can be identified from a distance as previously trapped and fixed. It is important to understand that these feral felines will never become domesticated pets, and fixing them is an important step in controlling the ever-growing wild cat population. In addition to Spaying and Neutering, they will also receive a rabies vaccine. It is mandatory by law to administer a rabies vaccine to any animal over four months old.

Low Cost Cat Spaying & Neutering is Available in Ft. Lauderdale

DPC Veterinary Hospital, in Hollywood, Florida, advocates the spaying and neutering of feral cats, and offers incentives, such as low cost Spay and Neuter packages. All ferals must be brought in a trap, with only one cat per trap. Surgical services are available most days. DPC is one of the only facilities that do not require ferals to have an appointment for surgery. For more information on pricing and our surgery schedule, call the office today.

Where to Find a Feral Cat Trap in Ft. Lauderdale

If you've found a feral, but don't have a trap- don't fret! Traps can be pricey, but many places, such as DPC Veterinary Hospital, will rent out live humane traps for minimal costs. If you are dedicated to making a difference with the feline overpopulation in South Florida, investing in a trap is a good idea. Contact your local South Florida veterinary hospital, they will be able to advise you on where to buy the most affordable trap.

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