What Are Community Cats?
Community cats include feral, stray, and free-roaming cats.
A feral cat is a domestic cat which was lost or abandoned and has reverted to a wild state, or a cat that was born to a stray or feral mother and had little or no human contact. Adult feral cats are difficult or impossible to tame and are not suited to living with people. They live in family groups called colonies, which form near a source of food and shelter. Feral cat colonies can be found behind shopping areas, in alleys, on golf courses, and in rural areas.
A stray cat is a domestic cat which strayed from home and became lost, or was abandoned. Because a stray cat was once a companion animal, he or she can usually be re-socialized and placed in an adoptive home.
It is estimated that there are millions of feral cats in the United States. The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce is two per year. The average number of kittens in a litter is four to six. One fertile cat and her offspring can produce 370,092 kittens in seven years!