Alley Cat Allies

What is a community cat?

Community cats—also referred to as feral cats—are cats who have either never had any contact with people or their contact with people has diminished over time. They are not socialized to people and survive on their own outdoors in family groups called colonies. Most community cats are not likely to ever enjoy living indoors.

Outdoor cats are not a new phenomenon—they have existed alongside people for at least 10,000 years—around the time of the pyramids. Community cats are members of the same species as pet cats—and are protected under state animal anti-cruelty laws. Community cats have a home—outdoors in the community. They live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland. Since these cats are not adoptable, they should not be brought to animal pounds and shelters, because they will likely be killed there.

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