WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRAY CAT AND A FERAL CAT?

A feral cat is a cat that has never had social contact with a person, whereas stray cats have had social contact with a person at some point in their life. Feral cats are born in the wild and live in colonies. Stray cats were once household pets that lost or left their domestic home. Feral cats are scared of humans and will avoid contact. Although they are shy, they will claw, scratch, and bite if threatened. According to the Wisconsin DNR, “the feline population has tripled over the last four decades with about 2 million feral cats roughly estimated in Wisconsin.” 

Feral and stray cats primarily eat small rodents, birds, and insects. 

Stray and feral cats live outdoors in colonies and are found in various areas, including farmlands, suburbs, and cities. They will live in abandoned buildings, old barns, garages, and underneath decks. 

The breeding of feral cats is one of the major concerns regarding these animals. They breed year-round and produce dozens of kittens that are often as aggressive as their parent cats. Therefore, we will take them to facilities where they will be spayed or neutered and socialized when we trap feral cats. 

Feral Cat in a Cage

Don't Let Cats Invade Your Home or Business!

Don't Let Cats Invade Your Home & Business!

HAVE A PROBLEM WITH CATS?

Stray and feral cats pose many problems for homeowners throughout the Milwaukee Area. As they eat birds and other small animals, they can wreak havoc on wildlife populations; for example, they kill thousands of songbirds in Wisconsin every year. Cats will live underneath decks or porches, make noise, and leave unpleasant odors. Additionally, according to the CDC, “feral cats have been the primary animal responsible for the transmission of rabies to humans in the United States.” We recommend homeowners not feed stray cats because of the problems they create.

HOW TO GET RID OF CATS?

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    Cat Removal & Trapping

    Advanced Wildlife Control specializes in humane animal control. Our wildlife specialists use a combination of live traps and baits to safely and effectively remove any cats from your home. Once captured, we will take stray and feral cats to rehabilitators or human societies.

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    Prevention & Exclusion

    After cat removal, our technicians can seal up any openings to prevent future animal entry. Exclusion and prevention are crucial steps for effective animal control. Securing trash cans and removing outside food sources will help avoid cat problems. A deck trench will help keep cats from living underneath your deck or porch. 

Stray Cat in a Cage

Feral and stray cats primarily eat small rodents, birds, and insects. 

Stray and feral cats live outdoors in colonies and are found in various areas, including farmlands, suburbs, and cities. They will live in abandoned buildings, old barns, garages, and underneath decks. 

The breeding of feral cats is one of the major concerns regarding these animals. They breed year-round and produce dozens of kittens that are often as aggressive as their parent cats. Therefore, we will take them to facilities where they will be spayed or neutered and socialized when we trap feral cats. 

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