"Feral" is a behavioral characteristic, not a biological one. A "feral" cat is unsocialized and tends to be fearful of people and keep a distance.
Ferals are most often found living outdoors in groups known as colonies. The cats in a colony share a common food source and territory and may include not only ferals, but also strays - former pet cats who were recently lost or abandoned and are still tame.
Most feral colonies originate from unneutered stray cats.
Feral cats are not wildlife and the vast majority rely on some form of human-based food source for their sustenance, whether it's a caretaker who feeds daily, a dumpster or scraps.
TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return and it's the best way to reduce overpopulation of stray cats.
Many shelters across the country (including most in Chico) no longer accept stray cats or cat surrenders, otherwise the shelters would just become euthanasia sites for unwanted cats.
It's become common policy for the city government to decide to put the burden of the homeless cat population onto the community instead of the animal shelters. The best way to help these unwanted cats is to make sure they don't continue to multiply.
Ideally, if you find a stray, you can foster it until it's ready for their forever home but if the cat is not properly socialized by eight weeks, sometimes it's impossible for those cats to bond with humans. Another problem is that there is simply not enough homes for all of the stray cats.
We will lend out traps and provide lost cost spay/neuter to members of our community who desire to do their part to prevent this problem from getting worse. Do your part, fix a local feral cat and save countless lives (Neighborhood Cats).