Strays / Feral Cats
Free roaming cats present a challenge to the health and safety of county citizens as well as the health and safety of cats. In order to confront this challenge the Board of County Commissioners formed a work group to study the issues and make recommendations on possible solutions.
A summary of the work group’s findings can be found here .
Animal Services supports these findings and would like to emphasize the following:
- If you own a cat have it spayed or neutered early. Most people are unaware that female kittens can become pregnant as early as 5 months of age. Early spay/neuter is a safe and effective way to prevent unwanted litters.
- Keep your cat indoors (both a good idea and keeps you in compliance with the county code). In general, indoor cats live a longer and healthier life. To help you overcome some of the hurdles of keeping your cat in, see the following links:
Your cat's health and safety will be much better protected if he or she lives indoors. Pinellas County Animal Services joins with many humane organizations and animal rescue groups to urge cat owners to keep your cats indoors. With Coyotes on the prowl all over Pinellas County, it is even more important to keep you cat indoors. Coyotes see cats as part of their food chain and will not hesitate to try and catch your pet cat.
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