Frequently Asked Questions - Community Cats & Caregiving
A community cat is commonly known as a stray cat, but we think the word ‘community’ better describes these cats. Calling them stray cats gives one the impression that these cats don’t have a home -- but they do have a home, which is the environment they live in!
Some of these community cats have been residents in the environment for much longer than some of the residents. Community cats are a part of the community too!
We would advise you NOT to remove a community cat unless it’s in danger. Most cats are fine where they are. If you'd like to help it, do consider getting it sterilised if isn't already and return it to the area where you originally found it.
Furthermore, due to the vacuum effect, more cats will just move into the area to take the place of cats that have been removed.
There are not enough homes and shelters to house them all. So please do not take a healthy community cat away from its home!
No it is not. Feeding cats is perfectly legal. Littering however, is illegal.
Please make sure that you feed responsibly and that the area is cleaned up after you are done with the feeding. If you have been stopped by residents or officers from feeding even though you observe good feeding habits, do carry around print outs of the following to educate them:
3-Step Responsible Feeding
Responsible Feeding Brochure (Front)
Responsible Feeding Brochure (Back)
If the harrassment escalates, call the police.
There may be irresponsible feeders in your neighbourhood that are causing the negative perception of all cat feeders. These feeders either do not clean up after feeding or they invite cats upstairs by feeding along corridors. If you come across any irresponsible feeding, do try to educate them as their actions may be the cause of complaints in your estate that is leading to the removal of cats for culling.
Feeding does not lure cats into the area -- food and territory are not the same.
A cat may live in one area and eat in another. Also, there are cats everywhere -- these cats were already in the community in all likelihood before someone started feeding them.
Imagine this -- is it more likely that someone stood outside every day with a plate of food hoping a cat would show up one day, or that the feeder saw a cat or cats and started feeding them?
It’s not fun to feed -- to do it properly takes a lot of time and commitment. Most feeders do so out of a sense of compassion and would be happy to stop if there were no cats that were hungry and waiting for them.
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