Mixed rural and urban neighborhoods with flowing creeks and beautiful greenbelts are just as attractive to cats and wildlife as they are to people. When cats are abandoned, they gravitate toward 'natural' hunting grounds or to locations where food is plentiful, often left by a well meaning Good Samaritan.
Cats can be beneficial to reducing rodents and nuisance wildlife from fields and creek areas, and barn or warehouse cats and community cats can reduce rodent infestation in urban areas. Unfortunately, cats can become a nuisance as well. Intact male cats spray and mark territory, while female cats can go into heat up to ten times in a year The heat cycle can last up to 2 weeks, which means that for 20 weeks a year you could be dealing with the thrashing, howling, flirting, and yowling that go along with having an intact female cat that can have up to THREE (3) LITTERS PER YEAR! (whentospay.org)
There is a WIN-WIN solution! Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs have been proven to be effective in population control. Spaying and neutering improves the health of the cat population by reducing fights and eliminating endless cycles of breeding. It reduces the number of cats at local shelters particularly feral cats that may otherwise be euthanized. TNR programs save citizens money! By allowing cats to 'keep their jobs', cats will minimize rodent/wildlife populations and keep NEW cats out of the territory.
Take advantage of local TNR efforts! Contact Citrus Heights Animal Services at 916-725-7387 to discuss options on what can be done about large cat populations in your area. On your own, you can:
Between September 2013 and February 2016, Citrus Heights Animal Services altered over 2350 cats through a grant from PetSmart Charities! Thank You, PetSmart Charities!