Growing Feral Cat Population a Concern During Bitter Cold Weather

January 6, 2018

By Seth Daniel

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and one local woman are putting out a warning to watch out for feral (or stray) cats during the bitter cold weather that has hit the Town, and will linger for at least another week.

Rosemarie Boucher of Charlestown, a volunteer on the organization’s President’s Council, said the ARL is greatly concerned about the growing feral cat population in Boston. She said many people might want to help, but it’s always best to consult the ARL before taking action.

She reminded everyone that they will respond to concerned residents.

“I became a volunteer member of the Boston Animal Rescue League’s President’s Council five years ago after rescuing a young outdoor feral cat along with her litter of kittens,” said Boucher. “This was done through the strong, supportive efforts and guidance of the League’s Rescue Team. Life can be very tough for outdoor cats, especially in an urban environment and in these dangerously cold weather conditions.”

Boucher said upon the advice of the ARL Rescue Team, the mother cat was spayed and medically cared for by the ARL. Then, Boucher and her husband adopted the mother cat, while the younger kittens were put into foster care. Later, they were found permanent homes.

With the frigid temperatures now, the ARL and Boucher said there are things that can be done for feral cats in Charlestown, which are believed to be on the rise.

“I am currently supporting an older outdoor feral cat through these frigid temperatures with a heated water bowl and a pet igloo,” said Boucher. “If you see an animal in need/distress, please reach out to the ARL at 617-426-9170 or Animal Control 617-635-5438.”

The ARL suggested that residents be alert to their vehicles during the extreme cold. Feral cats often retreat to the engine of a car to try to find residual warmth, a practice that can be dangerous when the car is started.

“This method of warming up can have dangerous consequences, such as severe burns and other grave injuries,” read a release from ARL. “Always pound on the hood of your vehicle and do a quick visual check before starting the engine.”

  • Wildlife_First

    When/If you find out that your elected-officials are really just disney-cartoon-educated, spineless, cat-licking imbeciles (who deeply swallow the unsubstantiated claims of mentally-deficient, manipulative, and LYING cat-hoarders), those who are in favor of destroying everyone’s property and lives, torturing to death all our native wildlife with their community-vermin cats, and spreading 3dozen+ deadly diseases that community-vermin cats spread to humans today, killing off all your NATIVE cat-species with feline diseases, and rare marine mammals (seals, dolphins, whales, even manatee) and inland otters from cats Toxoplasma gondii parasite; then if you live next-door to a TNR cat-hoarder here’s some further help for you to PERMANENTLY solve the problem that these demented and astoundingly disrespectful TNR cat-hoarders cause before they ruin your lives even further — until the next election.

    Just Google for this complete string (include the quotation marks):

    feral cats “learned to evade all trapping methods” “Licensing and laws do nothing” “SSS and TDSS Cat Management Programs” “legal on every square foot”

    I have posted that valuable information on hundreds, if not thousands, of sites that bring-up the issue of community-vermin cats.

    Therein you’ll find every effective method that you can employ to finally and permanently solve this invasive-species vermin cat problem completely in under 2 seasons of anyone’s time — no matter what laws govern your lives, no matter where you live, no matter how many cats infest your lands. And at costs affordable to any individual, any community, any nation. It worked 100% where I live — and it only cost me 1/3rd-cent PER CAT for hundreds of disease-infested vermin cats infesting my lands. Total cost less than the price of two starbux coffees.

    Note: DO NOT just repel them or dump them elsewhere. That is just as irresponsible, inconsiderate, immature, and ILLEGAL as those that made those community-vermin garbage-cats into your problem. Repelling stray cats or dumping them elsewhere just makes them into someone else’s problem or our valuable native wildlife’s problem. Everyone needs to become an adult for once in their sad and sorry spineless lives and solve it permanently for everyone. I for one know that NO CAT that touches even one paw to my lands will ever become a problem for any other living thing on earth ever again. All my neighbors (and wildlife) thanked me greatly for this. I have effectively turned my lands into a 100%-fatal cat-trap for any cat within miles around. The eradication of hundreds of these vermin in the whole area (collared or not, for you must destroy all collared ones too, they are the very source of every last vermin feral cat) was so complete and effective that I’ve not seen nor heard even one cat for miles in OVER NINE YEARS now. So much for that deceptive, manipulative, and mythical “vacuum effect” LIE of theirs, eh? Hunted-To-Extinction WORKS!

    Enjoy your 100% vermin-cat-free lives once again!

  • Wildlife_First

    One SLIGHT problem: The very same reason that trap & kill fails is the very same reason that TNR fails. You just cannot trap them faster than they breed, are dumped by criminally irresponsible pet-owners, or as fast as they out-adapt to any trapping method ever invented by man. ANY method dependent on trapping is doomed to fail before you even start. But hunted-to-extinction most certainly works. It even worked on something as small and prolific as The Rocky Mountain Locust that used to darken they skies of half of N. America at one time. A simple 50-cent per bushel bounty on them made them no more. It’ll work even better and far faster on targets far larger and breed even far slower — like COMMUNITY-VERMIN cats.

    Here is glaring proof of how, as cat-hoarders so often and mindlessly respew, “Trap-Neuter-Release is the most effective means of managing feral cat populations. In fact, it is the only proven way to do so.”

    The residents of the UK who invented TNR in the 1950’s have been relentlessly practicing that failed ideology nationwide for over 60 years now. And all they have managed to do with TNR is DOUBLE their vermin cat populations — from 4.1 million vermin cats in 1965 to 8.1 million vermin cats in 2015. (One site claims 10.5 million today!) And to help, all this time they are still killing them in shelters and legally shooting them in rural areas under their animal depredation-control laws. By foolishly hoping and praying that their very own TNR concept will reduce vermin cat populations someday they have now even driven their one and only NATIVE cat species to extinction with their invasive-species vermin “moggies” (feral house-cats) — with less than 19 “Scottish Wildcats” left in the whole world. (Along with 421 other species that they have already made extinct in the UK in the last 200 years — OVER TWO SPECIES PER YEAR GONE FOREVER just due to British cultural beliefs, practices, and values.) All the while they still insist that practicing their failed TNR policies will still save their “Scottish Wildcat” from being wiped from the earth forever. You can kiss their “Scottish Wildcat” good-bye too now because 19 individuals is not even enough RNA diversity for a viable/successful species anymore — they are already EXTINCT. (Laughably ironic if it weren’t so pathetically, globally, and permanently sad. The population of the UK have made themselves into the ecological-laughingstocks of the whole world.)

    Nice plan. TNR sure does work, doesn’t it!

    You know that saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The British have proved the failure of their vermin cat-insanity for over 60 years now. You too can be just as ecologically destructive, ignorant, and just as insane as the inbred mentalities of the Toxoplasma gondii brain-damaged moggie-licking British by practicing and promoting their failed-belief in their TNR concept.

  • Wildlife_First

    In what universe is throwing cats under the wheels of cars, forced to drink a neighbor’s antifreeze, frozen to death, or thrown into the jaws of coyotes considered humane “no kill”? That’s not “no kill”; it’s just an animal-torturing hypocrite’s, self-serving, out-of-sight-out-of-your-minds, makes-you-feel-good solution.

    Do you see pyramids in the distance? Are you ALL neck-deep in DeNile? I doubt you even see the pyramids, you’re ALL in over your heads and can’t even see any reality anymore.

    Enjoy your suffering, maimed, mutilated and dead cats. It’s what you want. You keep begging for it, planning for it, and relentlessly promoting it. Why you aren’t all thrown in prisons yet for animal abuse and animal torture is beyond me. Maybe they’re just still busy taking names.