If You See Cats Outside…WATCH THIS!

If You See Cats Outside…WATCH THIS!

[♪ music ♪] You might be surprised to find out that 80% of kittens born every year are actually born outside. I think that’s because animal welfare has done a great job of educating people about the importance of spay-neuter for pet cats, But—what? Oh. Shh! Are we about to catch this cat? [beep] As a kitten rescuer, I am constantly getting kittens off the street. People find kittens outside and they bring them into the shelter or to a rescue or me, and they don’t necessarily see the bigger picture. So when you find a kitten outside, that means that there is a breeding colony of cats there. Kittens don’t just materialize or get dropped out of the sky from a stork. These kittens have a family that is breeding. That’s why it’s so important if you’re doing kitten rescue that you’re doing the other side, which is trap-neuter-return. Trap-neuter-return is where community cats who live outside in the neighborhood are trapped using a humane trap. They are brought to the clinic to be sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped, and then they’re returned to their outdoor colony. This gives the cats a chance to live out their full lives with the help of a colony caregiver, but they are not going to have anymore kittens. The neighborhood I’m standing in right now was a recent call that I got about two kittens in need. – All the time, it’s like the one cat just keeps having kittens and kittens and kittens, and I just keep finding homes, and, you know, all my friends are so tired. Like, “No, no.” Nobody wants a cat. The one I call Mama Kitty, she just keeps having litter after litter after litter and, like, I will feed her and watch her eat and I can see babies moving around in her tummy. We’ve exhausted everything we can do to even find homes, you know. – When we showed up to get the kittens, we were only able to locate one of them. And he was a little white kitten who was on death’s door. This little kitten was with us for only an hour. We rushed him to the hospital and he was not viable and he had to be euthanized. It was devastating. I only knew this kitten for one hour and there I was crying, sobbing, watching this kitten be euthanized. This was a completely preventable situation through sterilizing the cats outside. The next day, we came back and we were able to locate the brother, a little orange tabby. That kitten was not in great shape either. He was covered in fleas and he had worms pouring out of him. However, he was viable. We were able to get him home, wash the fleas off of him, give him flea treatment, give him dewormer, and he flourished in our care. Hello! [kitten purring] Because we got him when he was about six weeks old, we were able to get him socialized, get him healthy, and get him adopted! These are kind of the things that you see when you’re working in a colony like this. You see really, really sad things, high mortality of kittens on the street who cannot survive in these conditions, and then you see some kittens who do survive and maybe even thrive. Those kittens, if they grow up, they become community cats. The community cats who live here are just kittens who were born in bushes who nobody came and rescued. We were able to stop that cycle for Flapjack by getting him into a home, but really ending the cycle for the whole family means coming back to the colony and getting everyone sterilized. So we’ve been able to locate the parents. We have eyes on the mama cat who is a fluffy tortie, and the dad cat who is a buff cat, And we’re hoping that we’re going to be able to catch both of them. The goal here is really to make sure that no more kittens are born in these bushes or under these cars. We want to get all of them sterilized so that we don’t have more situations like Flapjack and his brother, Butter. People in the neighborhood care about these cats. – Yeah, there’s several people. Our neighbor here will feed them. They will feed them. We’ll feed them. – They’re cared for and they’re cared about. – Yes. – They just are breeding. – Yes. They’re giving us more kittens to end up taking care of. – Yeah. More kittens than you need. – Yes, more kittens than we want. – I hope that this video will encourage people to get active in this way. If you care about kittens, community cats are the other side of the coin, and you can’t just be taking kittens off the street perpetually without addressing the origin of where they’re from. [rustling]
[♪ background music resumes ♪] So we are ready to trap. We have lots of different kinds of bait. We have… mackerel… sardines and oil, lots of stinky stuff that we hope will attract all the cats. We have some wet food, some tuna, and we even brought some dry food because a lot of cats actually will be easier to track with dry food because it’s oftentimes what they’re used to. So hopefully something we have here will be… stinky enough to get these cats to come out and go into the traps. I’ve seen at least 3 or 4 under this. [tab breaks]
– RIP. – [laughing] Sardine juice. You know, at a certain point, I just end up picking up meat with my bare hands. It’s fine. You can wear gloves if you fancy, but… so I’ve been here for like 15 minutes and I’ve already managed to saturate my hair with tuna juice, which is… great. It’s a really, really nice look. (sarcasm) The new hotness this season? Dip your hair in tuna juice. All the cats will love you. And no one will want to be friends with you. – Andrew: Chunky. – This is nasty. (disgusted) Eeeeuuuuuugh! – Andrew: How much would you give me to drink that? – Euuugh, that is like a whole… bleeeeeh! Things I do for cats. Gross. Always make sure when you’re trapping that the back is latched shut. Nothing worse than catching a cat and… the cat is able to escape because the back is not locked. When you’re baiting traps, I highly recommend that you put a large amount of meat at the very, very back, as far back as possible. You want them to step on the trip plate. So it has to be really far back, but I also recommend putting some tiny little crumbs at the front. This is a really good incentive to them because they can smell the food, but once they taste it, they’re not gonna be able to resist… walking towards the back. So you’ll see when I trap I will leave a little trail, and the cat will come up and eat a small bit, eat a small bit, see the amount in the back, and then walk right back there and set off the trap. [trap slams shut]
(whispering) Yes! Okay, got him! We got Flapjack’s brother! There he is! Okay. So this cat is already ear-tipped. If you see a cat outside that already has part of the ear missing, that means the cat has been through a TNR program already. She’s good to go. An ear tip is basically like a hall pass that says, “Hey, I’m good.” And you are pretty friendly, huh? She’s licking the tuna juice off of my hand. If you catch a cat that looks like that, you just open the trap up and let them back out. Oh my god. Is this Winnie? You are chunky! [cat hissing]
Oh, okay. Okay. Very chunky. – Andrew: “Bring me the foods!” – That is Flapjack’s mom and she has had three litters of kittens already this year. Hopefully today we’re gonna catch that cat and she will not be having any more babies in that bush. That’s the dream. Hi! You got caught! Hi! Oh, it’s the little smoke— younger one. Alright, so what’s that, three? Nice! I’m so happy this is going well! [yelling in background]
(to someone off camera) You got—? You got another one? We’ve caught… We’ve caught four cats so far. That’s pretty good! So a lot of the time, I see people trap by putting traps out and then leaving. I don’t recommend that for a couple reasons. One, when you set out a trap, it’s a liability. You don’t know who’s gonna go in there, you don’t know who’s going to find that animal. So you want to stay with the traps when you’re trapping. But the second reason that I recommend staying with the traps is I don’t just set a trap out and leave it there. I’m the whole time strategizing. So as we’re trapping we’re looking around and noticing, “Okay, there’s cats hanging out under that car or by that fence or under this trailer.” We might notice that more cats are getting caught in one area than in another and we’re actually moving the traps around and being really strategic while we’re doing it. So trapping to me is a very active activity, it’s not something that you just put out and leave. You want to be… really thinking about it the whole time. So far we’re doing pretty good, but we might end up moving some things around. So let’s go see who else we have. Who’d we get, Andrew?
– It’s my girl. Hannah: Hiiii! Okay, okay, okay.
Andrew: Hi big mama! Alright, alright. Oh, she hefty. – She hefty? – She is. – She’s eating well? Well, guess who I caught? Hannah: Luna! Andrew: What you doing, mama? [upset mew, Hannah laughing] You got your hall pass on, girlfriend. She’s like, “Before I leave, can I have some of this fish?” Here you go. Come on, you’re free.
[more upset mewing] A community cat is an unowned, free-roaming cat who lives in the community. They are part of the community just like you and me. Community cats might have 1, 2, or 10 caregivers, and they can be very loved by their community members, even though they are not cats who want to be indoors. And she’s a great example of the distinction between a community cat and a feral cat. “Community cat” is all-encompassing. It means all the cats who live in the community. “Feral,” on the other hand, is a behavior. Feral is an indication that the cat is unsocialized to humans. You can see that Luna here is not unsocialized to humans. She is fairly comfortable with us, though she might not want to be an indoor cat. A lot of the community cats in this neighborhood ARE feral, however. We are getting growled at and hissed at, and these cats don’t want to be around us at all. So there are a lot of different ways to be a cat and we have to meet all of these cats exactly where they are. Luna’s having the best day of her life. [Hannah laughing] Oh my god, I want to cry! I’m so happy! We got the mamaaaa! Hiiiiii! This is the one who’s having all the babies in the neighborhood. Yes! We know that she’s had at least four litters of kittens and that most of the cats in this colony are her babies! Yeah, we got to go get the dad now. That’s pretty good. All right, so we got six… cats this morning. We’re gonna go back at dusk when the cats are active again and see if we can’t get a couple more. I feel very good about this. Hannah: Hey daddy! Andrew: Papa Jack! Hannah: We got him! We had to come back at nighttime to get you, but we got you! Yeah! He’s like, “Aw, man.” Woman off camera: No more babies! Hannah: Yep. No more babies for you. No more babies, no more balls. Okay. Heading for the spay-neuter clinic! Let’s go inside! [cat meows] You ready to get neutered? [cat meows] I think that’s a yes.
[cat meows again] [♪ happy, upbeat background music ♪] Hannah: Come on! There ya go, mama! If you’re feeding cats who live outside in your neighborhood, please make sure you’re getting them trapped, neutered, and returned. You can hop on Google and do a search for the city or county you live in with the terms TNR and find groups that can help in your area. Don’t delay. It’s much easier to trap and spay two cats than it is to trap and spay ten, and it’s much easier to do 10 cats than it is to do 20. So if you feed cats, make sure you’re getting them fixed as well. Thank you. [♪ happy, upbeat background music ♪]

Comments (100)

  1. Ready to learn how to trap the cats in your neighborhood? Watch my instructional TNR video here:

  2. The fact that people like you are out there makes me feel soooo much better

  3. We have a lots of cats in our neighborhood also

  4. And we live i baird texas there r a lots of cats by my house some r my kttys and some r not

  5. Noooooooooooooo butttewrrrr

  6. How do you differentiate the ear tip from a cat that got part of its ear cut or bit off?

  7. If you saw a friendly cat who lick your fingers, why not take him home and make him your pet?

  8. My family wants a kitten!

  9. Kitten lady: give them away!

    Me: No I am keeping all of them they are all mine I am founding a country in my room with the cats as the population

  10. I found a kitten a my local park and I took it in

  11. I've spayed and neutered all of my cats and everyone has tried to bite at their stitches. How do the community cats not get infections afterward??

  12. This video absolutely help me❤️

  13. Are we not gonna mention the car with flat tires?😂

  14. My grandma lives in Oregon and she has a cat named Tuffy and it’s kind a like a bobcat but it’s not we don’t know what type of cat is stray and it had already two kittens but it to male

  15. I feed the cats in my town and the are all nudered and they have a home and they love me

  16. Near my house there are SOOOOOO many kittens and cats so if you would want to come and take care of them that would yo ld be ideal thanks

  17. I have a few cats that come round my house but i dont see them alot

  18. How can I find out if there are people like you (doing what you do) in my hometown?

  19. Is the Mum cat no longer looking after the kittens at this age in the wild colony? I just wonder why he wasn't kept with his Mum? Or maybe you didn't know who his Mum was?

  20. i’m a little worried because there’s a community cat that I want to start caring for but i’m used to having pet cats and I think i’ll get attached and want him all to myself and idk if that’s the life he wants or if he should stay outside

  21. I live in Sc and my dad said s awful and he took my cat and her kittens and just dropped them off like they were trash.

  22. I wish we had someone like you around here. There are no programs here to help with low/no cost TNR. I have a friend who does it but only in another county. So I'm stuck with a large and ever growing colony I am trying to feed along with my own 18 cats and being unemployed, it is a difficult task. I can only do so much but getting the queen of the colony fixed would be a huge help. She has another 3 babies out there now and I have 2 on my chest right now from one of her female kittens that also needs to be fixed. It's just overwhelming. Having a huge heart for these babies is a burden and a blessing. I need help for these cats!

  23. can u give me a kitten for free I love kittens my kitten as passed away

  24. I have a kitten that showed up at my house I know its very young, younger than the orange kitten in this video. It's so small and I've been feeding it for 4 days now. I have not seen no mama. It woke me up on a rainy day crying. I live in the middle on nowhere. Would a trap work on one that small?

  25. I saved a kitten and we keeper it and it's family

  26. your awesome lady thanks for the advice. annoyed by some meowing too young to tnr probly gonna take to a shelter or something. have a great day.

  27. My aunt has 11 cats she rescued them from the streets she rescues alot she lives in Florida

  28. Your so lovely to kittens / cats! Your amazing at being so gentle to them. You would be a perfect owner of a kitten/cat group!

  29. Just one day to recover and let them out? Wasn't that risking for infection?I have 8 cats one of them female and it took them at least 2 days to recover from anesthesia and 10 days to recover from the wound .

  30. Do you recommend any specific trap that is safe for the cats?

  31. im saving this black cat tryna get him a home

  32. How do I catch a feral tom who kills kittens? I don't have a cage.

  33. Fleas: Exist
    Me: flea killer, the game
    My mom: the hunt has begun

    Ticks exist
    Me: 🧱🧱🧱🧱🧨🧨🧨🧨🔪🔪🔪🔪💣💣💣💣🔫🔫🔫 ok screw it my dog is gonna have to do it himself.
    My mom: stay back you fowl creatures [throws holy water]

  34. I love orange tabbys

  35. I love kitten lady, she is so…AMAZING. I can't find the right word XD

  36. I've seen a few neighborhood cats including mine but I've never seen kittens or heard kittens. I've only heard cats when my cat was outside and one got to close to her and they were fighting. But she our cats have both gotten spayed before allowing them to go outside.

  37. i saw 2 cars in my neighborhood AND I DID NOT EVEN KNOW!

  38. I always get scared when the trap closes cause it looks like their tail got closed in it but then I’m like phew we’re fine

  39. We’re not allowed to feed the stray cats in my town :((

    P.s. I feed them anyway

  40. What size trap are you using???

  41. I live in the country and there's this myth of "barn cats." Where someone has a garage or barn and unchecked cats and… you don't know what to do. They technically own these cats. It's different than in the city. I have a few "barn kittens" we found from our neighbors that their mother left on the side of the road near my house. I don't know what to do about that… Does that make any sense?

  42. I want to tattoo the contents of this video onto everyone's eyeballs. Thank you Hannah, ive been trying to explain this to my ignorant friends who think neutering is the equivalent of (and I quote) "cutting off my best friend's balls" 🙃 I couldn't explain it without yelling so I appreciate this video

  43. I know a group of cats living at Pioneer High school. They`re stray. Kittens and a mom. Unsure about how many kittens. I think the kittens are just over 8 weeks.

  44. Can I ask you something ms kittenlady?

  45. my cat is outside and it not nuker and it male and we have neightor cat who a female name midnight and I want my to get hurt and my cat got ran over but he ok!

  46. In my country, TNR is not allowed by laws because a cat has to have an owner and is considered a stray if it goes too far from owner's home (or if they have no owner), also by law, all cats have to be microchipped when given to another person. We still have a lot of strays though and they're mostly impounded, not all of them can be saved of course, but after being impounded, if the owner's not found, they are sent to shelters (if there's place for them), which determine if they are able to be rehomed or not and the ferals are sent to facilities that takes care of feral cats, like giving them proper medical care, ect…(if there's place for them).
    If your country is like mine, please do contact your local shelter instead of doing TNR on your own, it'd save a lot of time for everyone involved.

  47. I'm from Bulacan Philippines and my cats need to find new homes! PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  48. serious meant question: how do you handle with this emotional stress?
    Seeing this day by day – that mus make you cracy, mad, … what and how ever you say in english…
    how do you keep your balance

  49. what happened to Butter?

  50. Im curious how feral outside cats live though bad weather. Cold and storms. Were do they shelter themselves ??

  51. Basically a cat just, all of a sudden, wandered to my building complex a few days ago and it seems playful and friendly but, somewhat traumatized. I've been living in the complex for four years now and this has never happened before. We don't have community cats but, I live really close to my university and we have a lot of cats there, just doing their thing, maintaining rodent population and whatnot. I'm not quite sure if it got lost and found its way to where I live but, it looks too clean to be a feral(it might be a stray). Ever since I started feeding it from day one on a regular basis, it sort of knows when I'm going to show up and just waits for me. It's the only cat in my neighborhood so I feel like someone must have dropped it off and just left it. Anyways, it took me a while to get it to trust me. I have only just started to pet it like a day ago and it seems to be warming up to me. I can tell when someone has tried to approach it because as soon as I show up, it rushes to me looking really anxious, meowing as if it's trying to say something. I'm still figuring out the messages it tries to convey but, in a nutshell, it seems like it's lived in a home before. I can't tell if it's been neutered and I don't have the heart to trap it as I'm trying to domesticate it. I don't want to lose it's trust because we've made great progress in the short period since we've met. Any ideas on what I should do in this situation? I've grown to like this cat to be honest and I want to make sure it ends up in a good home(whether it's with me or with someone else). It waits for me now at a certain location in front of the building and I'm worried it might confuse a pedestrian or whatever for me and wind up getting hurt, dude.

  52. One question here …wont constant nuetering might affect the balance in their population ?

  53. My name is Luna🙂

  54. This was such a satisfying video .I lovedthe slow motion elegant strut of the dad cat after neuter and released from the trap.fantastic job you all do,

  55. Where do I get a trap

  56. I have a ginger kitten by my house but I font know how to get him because hes scary

  57. What if you/they make cats go extinct cause none are able to breed 😱😱

  58. Yup have to get to the root of the problem… spay & neuter all outdoor cats.

  59. Ot gonna lie. I have some old aged ladies here that use the TNR as an excuse to horde cats. Animal hoarding is a serious illness. It is not illegal. Yet, i had one of these ladies talk some bull-spit story about how “they have all of the stray cats except for one” neutered. I know better and i can assure you most of the effing cats do not have a surgically cut ear and she also added that they were getting relocated somewhere else. Bull ish.

  60. Can someone please tell me how long after surgery I should wait before releasing a feral female cat? In this video it appeared they were released a little more than 24 hours after surgery but I have also heard 48 hours or up to 72 hours. I could use some help and guidance, thank you very much!

  61. Vets charge way to much to fix a cat. I have TNR'd several cats in my neighborhood they all charge 80 dollars plus required rabies shot I've pretty much given up at this point. I have spent thousands saving and tnring them.

  62. You should visit Luna every now and again, just to say hi.

  63. My daughter loves cats! I hope you could teach her more about cats with your vids!

  64. And by sterilizing the cats, you're reducing their risk of cancer, by removing certain parts that are subscebtible to it.

  65. 💙THANK-YOU!💙


  67. All the cats on my street have homes and mine loves to go outside

  68. fellas if you find a woman like this never let her go

  69. 5:26 pause, blur your eyes, Hannah, (the kitten lady) sort of looks like a really big cat.

  70. I just TNR 4 cats this week. They live in my yard. Sadly the babies are 10 weeks and not human friendly.

  71. What area do you work?

  72. I live in Egypt if u walk in the streets u see lost of dogs and cats that have no homes I rlly hope some rescues come to Egypt to help these poor cats

  73. I am and I love your face I love
    biggest fan in the world

  74. My boyfriends mother lives by a man who now has dementia but this man would feed all the strays and then let in the mommas so they had a safe space to give birth. It’s been years since and now his house is overran by cats and the cats like to visit my boyfriend’s mom’s property for food. How much is it to NTR? I tried explaining to the mom if you don’t take care of the first cats, it only quadruples! Tensfold!!!! She shoo’s them and I understand not wanting them to crap on your property BUT THEYRES SOOOOOOOOOO MANY!!!! I feel soooo bad and I befriended one but stopped visiting (she had a gash on her left chin and I’m not sure if it passed due to that)

  75. No more babies no more balls.thats a funny saying

  76. Cat videos get me in the heart!😿😿😭😭🐱

  77. It says If you see cats outside but some people let their cats out to free roam around the residence and I think they always go back home

  78. this video makes me think of st. dukes in our town

  79. There was a community cat that we called big Ginge. I moved, so I don’t know how he is. I hope he is well.

  80. when you live in new zealand, you see cats outside like liggettt ever where

  81. I wish I could call you for help in time, so anyways, there's this two kittens that I found in my garden which that their mom is missing, so I heard their meowing like….. Lots of time that I can't even count! And so one day my aunt was going to the Mall and we didn't notice that both of them was playing under the car and one of them ran away because my aunt was going to the car and the other one…? She was so afraid she saw my aunt coming to the car, she just choosed to not follow its sibling and ran inside the engine, I tried to tell my aunt but it was too late…, thank fully I saw the kittens' mom, the mom was meowing furiously, I tried to calm her down by placing one of her kitten in front her, and she calmed down a little. I felt pitty for the mother,I mean like… Imagine you being the mother and you gave birth to two kitten but ended up with one… Wouldn't you be upset? So I decided to keep them as pets and now today.. They are really healthy, and I named the mom Emerald because her eyes were as shinnigas Emeralds and I also love her fur's colour which was really really dark black, and I also named her kitten Diamond, just like her mom, she had beautiful shinning eyesshich were blue and she also had beautiful brown and peachy white fur just like this one 2:10

  82. Are outside cats still considered your cats if you got them or adopted them? Or are they community cats?

  83. We loved the video!! So helpful and glad you caught Papa Jack in the end! You are so inspiring and it looks like you have a great team! Resolution for 2020… save more cats and kittens!

  84. I reskiud a black kitten 1 woik old

  85. what if it’s someone’s cat

  86. Ahh if only I had known this a few months ago, maybe I would’ve prevented having to get a rabies shot 😅

  87. There’s a whole bunch of cats and kittens by me like probably 100

  88. people dont understand why spaying and neutering cats is so important. i mean, kittens die because of thr constant breeding where the kittens don't even have good conditions to be in… like these kittens in the world didn't need to die if someone had just gotten their parents spayed snd neutered and then returned

  89. Hi can you come to Hillside on my block in hillside Nj Conklin ave I've been feeding cats an there having babies like wild fire would spread I need help with them

  90. I was searching for someone who restores my faith in humanity again – thank you

  91. I would love if Luna got caught like 3 more times.

  92. Their was 3 kittens in my porch but their mean i tried to get them out with small pieces of fish but they scratched or hissed at me what do i do?

  93. I want to be exactly like you
    Look in replies

  94. Stick your hair in your cap…

    You are chunky
    Cat: Am I a mo'fucken joke to you

  95. It would be cool if municipalities did this as a service. I would totally try and trap the cats in my neighborhood but I'd have to be responsible for the cost.

  96. I take care of a cat colony in my neighborhood. the cats are owned by one of the people in my neighborhood and I can't spay / neuter them unfortunately. I did however name one of the kittens that were born this year Butter after the kitten that died in you video. Safe to say he's doing great and is on his way to being socialized! 😊

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