They are in your neighborhood. They live in apartment complexes, suburban neighborhoods and rural areas. They congregate near dumpsters. They hide under porches and decks. Many people feed them from their own back stoop.
Free-roaming cats are everywhere in the Fox Valley area, just as they are everywhere across the country and throughout the world. Some of these free-roaming cats belong to people who irresponsibly allow them to roam outdoors. But many of these free-roaming cats have no home of their own. Some of these cats used to belong to people but were either abandoned, thrown out, or became lost. Others are the offspring of stray cats who were born in the wild and have never had contact with humans.
These wild cats, also known as “feral” cats, are a major source of the cat overpopulation problem across the globe.