The DC Cat Count

This month, we wanted to highlight a first-of-its-kind study on feral cat populations. In late 2020, the D.C. Cat Count project wrapped up its field work. Over two years, they collected over 6 million photos in the D.C. area in order to figure out how many cats live there. A final result of the 3-year project is set to come out later in 2021. This kind of work is, in our opinion, incredibly exciting and ...
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Bringing outdoor kitties in – When should you do it and how?

We have all faced times when we find an outdoor cat that we think would do well inside. Still, the first question to ask yourself is how likely the kitty would be to even want to be inside. As indoor creatures ourselves, sometimes we assume that all animals would want to be indoors. But cats that come for feeding, and eat near you, but never want you to touch them may love you and still ...
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Helping Community Cats Through Winter

Sheltering Shelters come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. For the most part, as long as the shelter is well insulated, anything from a styrofoam cooler with a hole cut out to a fancy cat house bought online will help. The most important part is that the shelter is well insulated, small enough to keep in the heat, waterproof and full of straw to help keep the cats warm. Do not use ...
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Turn Your Passion for Cats into Action

I’m Stacy LeBaron, the host of the Community Cats Podcast (CCP), and the title of this post is the tagline I use in my introduction to each podcast episode. I started the podcast in 2016 as a way to help connect people who are helping to create a humane community for cats. I was very pleased when the Humane Society of Huron Valley reached out to me to ask whether I’d to contribute a blog post ...
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Article in Prominent Conservation Journal Disputes Conclusions of Anti-Cat Studies

October 9, 2020 - An article published recently in the highly respected peer-reviewed Journal of Conservation Biology focuses on key issues within the ongoing debate over how to control feral cat populations. We found it quite interesting and think it is a worthwhile read. Some key takeaways: While cats are predators, arguments that community (sometimes referred to as feral) cats are a main contributor to mass extinctions were found to be both overblown and oversimplified, according ...
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