Below Freezing Temps Cause Concern Over Feral Cats

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(Alpha Media – Brooke Bickford) Staying warm is a lot easier if you’re inside, but that is not an option for the feral cat population and naturally a lot of people get concerned when temperatures are below zero.

Yesterday was Kaila Blomberg’s first day on the job as Animal Protection Officer for Webster County.

She said a majority of calls from concerned citizens were about how to help the feral cats.

“If you find a feral cat on your property the best thing you can do is provide food and provide warm shelter. It is extra cold so it is extra dangerous for all animals outside so the best thing you can do is keep the cat warm, provide food and water that is unfrozen.”

Blomberg said removing the cat from a location where they are used to getting food and shelter 

doesn’t help the feral issue. It just makes room for other feral cats to move in.

Jen Liddell of Feline Youth Intervention will be setting traps and getting about 10 cats spayed or neutered this Sunday in the area of 26th Ave North and North 14th Street, a location that has been deemed an issue. The cats will be returned to the area but won’t be able to continue breeding, adding to the overpopulation of feral cats.

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