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Looking ahead to the upcoming kitten season, it's important to take action to help stray and feral cats. Taking steps to contain a nomadic cat may help reunite a lost cat with his family, alert a cat's owner that didn't know the animal's roaming tendencies, or prevent a stray from birthing kittens in a backyard.  

Besides worms and fleas, the urban drifter faces many hazards outdoors. When people see an injured homeless cat, it is important to call a cat rescue for help. Common injuries for an outdoor cat's lifestyle include, being hit by traffic or mauled by dogs after tight-roping a neighbor's fence. 

Without receiving veterinary treatment after an incident, injuries could escalate and lead to an untimely death. Medical care costs can detour most any “rescue hearted person” or an animal charity's budget without the pubic pledging to replenishing their donations. 

At the Community Animal Network (Newport Beach, California), I witnessed far too many injured outdoor cats. Their x-ray images, riddled with BB pellets, indicate that many cats are living with metal objects encapsulated under their skin after being shot. Decades of calls received by the rescue, prove that outdoor cats have been deemed a nuisance. Many cats have been deliberately poisoned with anti-freeze, which is a particularly cruel death.

If you can help a cat, your neighborhood could avoid the many pitfalls some housing communities face.  To stop your area from becoming a birthing ground for feral cats, those untouched by loving human hands, animal lovers must act. Sadly, feral adult cats have little chance of finding rescue, and death often awaits them at municipal shelters across America.    

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