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Feral Cat Package

The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic offers this Feral Cat Package for $20.00 per cat!!!

The Feral Cat package includes:
  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • A 3-year Rabies Vaccination
  • A dose of penicillin
  • A flea preventative treatment
  • An ear tip
(a 1/4" tip taken off of the ear, a univeral sign that an un-owned, stray, or feral cat is spayed or neutered and is being cared for.)
Ear Tip
The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic also has live traps available for loan to trap un-owned, stray, or feral cats.


Feral Cat Information

If you are feeding outdoor strays, feral, or unowned cats in Hamilton County, Indiana you are required by the county Feral Cat ordinance to:

  • Implement trap neuter and return which include vaccinations and eartip
  • Remove all kittens and adoptable friendly cats from the colony
  • Provide food water and shelter 365 days a year
  • Register your Feral cat colony with the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic

‘Feral’ means ‘gone wild’. A feral cat is a cat that displays some degree of a wild state. Some feral cats may have originated as domestic cats once living indoors with humans, which have become lost or abandoned. Once in this situation, the cat learns to live outside in an environment that does not involve human contact. In the transient areas of college campuses and apartment complexes it seems to be common to spot the feral cats living outdoors in the environment. Many dumpsters, whether in an apartment complex or outside a local restaurant, become a common food source for the feral cats. Although the feral cat doesn’t appreciate any humane cuddling, they do depend on people as a food source, whether it is a compassionate caretaker providing food or the dumpster being filled with garbage for a restaurant. Few feral cats survive only on hunting.

There are varying degrees of feral cats. The factors that may determine the socialization of feral cat are; age, daily humane contact, generational factor, and the personality factor.

It is best for young kittens to nurse from their mother for the first six weeks if possible.  However, at this age, they are easily socialized and can successfully be adopted into a domestic lifestyle.

Daily human contact is also a factor in determining how wild a feral cat will be. The regular daily contact with humans, such as on a college campus, can tend to make the cat friendlier. Regular daily contact in the form of a caretaker bringing food once or t is a humane, highly effective means of decreasing and controlling the feral cat population of a colony. The cats are trapped in a humane trap and brought to the clinic for the feral cat package. The feral cat package includes an evaluation, sterilization, vaccinations, treatment for fleas, and an eartip. The cats must be allowed a few days of recovery time before they are then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular water, food and shelter. All kittens and friendly ferals must be removed from the colony and placed in foster care or up for adoption. The advantages of TNR are; stabilizing colony size and eliminating the chance of new kittens arriving. The colony protects their territory from unaltered newcomers moving in. The nuisance behavior of unaltered male cats  (fighting and yowling, spraying or marking their territory, and roaming in search of a mate) are substantially reduced. This process of TNR prevents tremendous suffering of the many kittens born from unaltered ferals breeding. TNR is the only method of feral cat control that humanely works. It is a humane focused way to stop cats from breeding and safely phase out colonies of abandoned domestic cats and their offspring. The stray and feral cat overpopulation is a community generated problem and every community has the responsibility to work towards a solution. These cats and their offspring are the victims of abandonment, accidental loss and failure by owners to sterilize their pets. This segment of the population produces 80% of the kittens born each year and is the largest source of cat overpopulation.

Colony Management Guideliness     (fighting and yowling, spraying or marking their territory, and roaming in search of a mate) are substantially reduced. This process of TNR prevents tremendous suffering of the many kittens born from unaltered ferals breeding. TNR is the only method of feral cat control that humanely works. It is a humane focused way to stop cats from breeding and safely phase out colonies of abandoned domestic cats and their offspring. The stray and feral cat overpopulation is a community generated problem and every community has the responsibility to work towards a solution. These cats and their offspring are the victims of abandonment, accidental loss and failure by owners to sterilize their pets. This segment of the population produces 80% of the kittens born each year and is the largest source of cat overpopulation.

Colony Management Guidelines

Ongoing colony management, combined with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), will promote harmony between colony caretakers, neighbors, and property owners and allow for the colony to diminish naturally over time. It is critical that the following guidelines be followed to ensure that the colony is being properly managed. Failure to follow these guidelines puts the cats at risk by increasing the chance the colony will become a nuisance, forcing Animal Control authorities to impound the cats to mitigate the nuisance.

Caretaker defined: A caretaker is a person who provides food, water and shelter for a colony of unowned, free-roaming cats.

Colony defined: A colony is any number of unowned, free-roaming cats that frequent and area seeking food or shelter.

How to care for your colony
  • 1. All the cats in the colony, even those that visit sporadically, will be sterilized, ear tipped for identification, vaccinated for rabies, and returned to their familiar habitat. Be sure that any new cats observed in your colony are promptly sterilized.
  • 2. Provide adequate food and water for the cats on a daily basis, year round, using techniques to minimize nuisance.
  • 3. Provide adequate shelter for cats in the colony using techniques to minimize nuisance.
  • 4. Ensure that any cats that are injured or ill receive prompt treatment. It is not humane to allow any animal to suffer a slow, painful death.
  • 5. Maintain your records (notes, surgery, treatment and vaccination) for all colony cats.
  • 6. Make efforts to place tame colony cats with adoption groups.
  • 8. Use humane techniques to discourage or exclude cats from areas where they are not welcome.

Managing a safe and healthy colony
  Steps 1-8

  • 1. On-going Monitoring/TNR
  • 2. Food and water
  • 3. Shelter
  • 4. Medical care
  • 5. Maintain medical records
  • 6. Adoption of tame cats
  • 7. Inability to continue providing care
  • 8. Exclude cats from areas they are not welcome

1. On-going Monitoring/TNR

All the cats in the colony, even those that visit sporadically, will be sterilized, ear-tipped for identification, vaccinated, and returned to their familiar habitat. Make certain any new cats observed in your colony are pomptly sterilized.

Why? When cats are not sterilized they will display offensive mating behaviors which can quickly become a nuisance to the neighbor. They include: spaying, yowling, fighting, constant litters of kittens and roaming the neighborhood.

What to do :
  • Contact Low cost Spay Neuter Clinic at (317) 706-0537 to make an appointment for TNR as soon as any new, unowned cat arrives.
  • Educate your neighbors about TNR. Let them know you are doing something proactive to address the free-roaming cats in the area by implementing a TNR program.
  • Make certain any new cats that join the colony are sterilized immediately.
  • Make sure they recognize and understand that an ear-tip represents a fully vetted and sterilized colony cat.

2. Food and water

Cats must be provided with adequate food and water on a daily basis year round.

Why?  When cats do not have adequate food and water, they will seek it in areas where they are not welcome in an effort to avoid starving. For examples, in your neighbor’s trash or a dumpster.

What to do :
  • Cats should be fed in a designated, incouspicuous area on your property, away from people or high traffic areas where they may create a nuisance. or be injured.
  • Feeding area should be kept neat and clean. Empty food cans and plates should be picked up promptly. Food that has gotten wet or spoiled (for instance, canned food that has been sitting out all day), should also be discarded. Wet or spoiled food can cause illness.
  • Create a small, partially enclosed feeding site to make food/water bowls and the cats less visible, and prevent food from getting wet and spoiled during rain or snow.
  • To avoid attracting wildlife, feed cats in the morning or daylight hours only. Remove leftover food.
  • If the area where the cats are fed is objectionable for one of your neighbors/property owners, gradually move the station to a less objectionable area a few yards away. This can be done increments and completely in 1-2 weeks. The cats will follow the food.
  • If you are leaving for a time, or cannot feel the cats, arrange to have someone else provide them with food and water on approximately the same schedule.

3. Shelter

Cats must be provided with adequate shelter on your property.

Why? When cats do not have a warm an dry shelter, they may seek it in areas where they are not welcome; for example under your neighbor’s deck, shed, or in a car motor.

What to do:
  • Cat shelters should be placed in an inconspicuous area on your property, away from people or high traffic areas.
  • Shelters and feeding station should be placed so that cats do not need to cross roads or neighbors’ property to move back and forth from shelter to food/water.
  • Shelters should be painted in neutral colors, or in some way to blend into the surroundings.
  • Straw is the preferred bedding since it does not hold moisture. Do not use blankets, towels or other cloth bedding.
  • Provide enough shelters to house all the cats in the colony.

Resources  IndyFeral operates a shelter program. Shelters are available at no charge to low income caretakers who qualify.

Designs for temporary shelters are available on the IndyFeral web site: http://indyferal.org/shelter.

If you are interested in ordering a shelter, order by phone at 317 596-2300 or online at http://indyferal.org/shelter.

4. Medical Care

Make certain that any cats that are injured or ill receive prompt treatment.

Why?  For humane reasons, all animals must receive treatment as quickly as possible when they are ill or injured. Beyond humane reasons, ill and injured cats may be very disturbing to other compassionate citizens who may call Animal Care and Control, believing that the animal should be euthanized, rather than living with illness or injury. This can also reinforce the stereotype that cats living outdoors are sickly and diseased and should be destroyed.

Indicators that the cat may be ill/injured include:
  • Weight loss
  • Not eating or drinking
  • Lethargy
  • Discharge from nose and eyes
  • Hair loss
  • Not putting weight on a leg
  • Visible wound

Resources  If you have an injured/ill colony cat, contact Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic at (317) 706-0537.

In addition, if the cat can be handled; Hawthorn Community Center Low Cost Medical Clinic (Dr. Peter Johnson) 2440 West Ohio, Indianapolis, IN 46220 Every Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact (317) 637-4312

5. Maintain Medical Records

Maintain your records (notes, surgery, treatment and vaccination) for all colony cats.

All cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated through Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic “standard” package:
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • 3-year rabies vaccination
  • Long-acting antibiotic
  • Pain medications
  • Topical application of Revolution which treat fleas, ticks and several types of worms for up to 30 days
  • Surgical cropping of the left ear

Why?  Hamilton County residents are required to maintain rabies records at all times for inspection by Animal Care and Control upon request. Further, if urgent medical attention is needed, having such information readily available can save valuable time.


  • Maintaining good vet records allows you to show actual evidence that the feral cats are healthy and fully vaccinated.
  • Records can be used as a tool to educate neighbors that are fearful that the feral cats will pass a disease to them or their pet cats.

Treatment records are provided to all Caretakers. If you have lost your records, contact Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic at (317) 706-0537.

6. Adoption of tame cats

Make efforts to place tame colony cats with adoption groups.

Often times you will find friendly pet cats that have been abandoned or lost by their owner. These cats have joined a colony in an effort to survive.

Why?  Fewer cats in the colony will reduce the incidence of nuisance complaints. Cats which have lived indoors most of their lives often have a harder time successfully adoption to living outdoors. They are more likely to fall victim to violence because they do not fear humans.

We encourage all caretakers to make efforts to use the resources of adoption organizations in an attempt to place tame cats and kittens.

Facts to consider when deciding to find a home for a stray cat:

Unowned, free-roaming cats come from diverse backgrounds as such, it is nearly impossible to predict if a stray or feral can be successfully socialized to the degree that would make it suitable for adoption. Not only is it labor intensive; the outcomes uncertain. Even a socialized cat mat have been abandoned because it exhibited problems. One that is poorly socialized may put the adoptive owner in a difficult position and will often lead to the cat being abandoned again or relinquished to a shelter. For this reason, if a cat is doing well in its current colony, we believe it is best to leave the cat there. IndyFeral hopes one day that there will be homes for all the cats... but the current reality is that healthy, adoptable cats are euthanized daily in our city due to lack of homes.

Feral Cats: Truly feral cats are not candidates for adoption. They do not seek human companionship or interaction. It takes months to socialize a feral cat and they may bond to the person socializing, but may regress to a feral state when introduced to new people. TNR is the most humane option for feral cats.

Semi-Feral: Semi-feral cats may be more receptive to socialization. However, if the cat has been on the street for many years it may be as difficult to socialize as a total feral. These cats are also difficult to place. Quite often, bringing new people into its environment will be overwhelming and cause the cat to regress. If this happens the cat is not a good candidate for adoption.

Domestic: These cats are the easiest to place in a home. They seek human interaction and touch. They do not regress when introduced to different people or environments.

7. Inability to continue providing care

If you are moving or can no longer adequately care for your colony, contact Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic at (317) 706-0537 as soon as possible so that alternate caretakers can be identified.

Why? It is inhumane to abandon a colony of cats that has grown dependent on you.

Left alone the cats will starve to death or run the risk of becoming a nuisance as their basic survival needs are not being met and, they may be impounded by Animal Care and Control.

To identify a new caretaker, canvas your neighborhood; work with your neighborhood association or through the IndyFeral electronic distribution list (feral@indyferal.org).

8. Exclude cats from areas they are not welcome

Use humane techniques to discourage or exclude cats from areas where they are not welcome.

Why?  If you fail to address your neighbors’ complaints about excluding cats from specific areas where they are not welcome, you are risking their lives by allowing them to become a nuisance and forcing Animal Care and Control to impound the cats to mitigate the nuisance.

All property owners have the right to not have cats on their property. Often times, they simply don’t understand why the cats are present, or object to a particular behavior of the cats. Some times, they fear the cats may carry disease. It is best to try and determine the specific reason for their objection, educate them, and /or try to mitigate the complaint, if possible, using communication and techniques outlined to mitigate the complaint, if possible, using communication and techniques outlined here. Please do not trespass, argue with the neighbor, or inflame the situation.

Most problems fall into 2 categories:
  • 1. Cats are entering an area in which they are not welcome to seek food, water or shelter.
  • 2. Cats are entering an area in which they are not welcome to eliminate.

Addressing Eliminating Issues:
  • Provide a litter box area for your colony on your property to prevent the cats from using your neighbor’s garden or flower bed. The number one complaint about free-roaming cats is inappropriate elimination.
  • A cat’s natural instinct is to eliminate in soft, loose, soil-like mulch, sand or peat moss.
  • Build a simple wood frame and fill it with sand, dirt, etc. in a quiet area away from the shelter and feeding areas.
  • Provide the cats with covered outdoor litter boxes.

TIP: Removing urine stains and odors. Clean areas where urine has been sprayed with white vinegar or Nature’s Miracle (available in most pet stores). It will eliminate most urine stains and odors.


Excluding cats from specific areas:
  • Utilized the suggestions provided on the “Nuisance Prevention Tips Sheet for Feral Cats” to address specific nuisance complaints your neighbor may have.
  • Purchase a Cat Stop and offer it to your neighbor in an effort to exclude a cat from an area where it is not welcome.
  • Suggest that the area be secured, enclosed or sealed, and offer to help, if practical. Cats often get under decks, crawl spaces, garages, sheds, etc. to seek shelter. These are also ears that can usually be readily sealed.
  • If cats are seeking shelter in an area in which they are not welcome, there is a problem with the number, type, or placement of shelters you have provided!