Many local governments, property managers, and HOA’s and even some countries have attempted to resolve feral cat overpopulation by banning community members from feeding cats. And all of those groups have one thing in common – they still have a cat problem.
Not only are food bans inhumane – they just don’t work. The reality is, no one will ever completely stop every person in an area from feeding cats. Cats are also extremely resilient – if they don’t get food from people, they will find their own food. While some cats do hunt, they will likely supplement their hunting by other means – usually, they head to the trash. Food bans are implemented in an attempt to settle cat related issues, but in the end, they create more issues.
Instead, we promote aggressive, targeted TNR to stabilize the number of cats in an area, and give community members who care for community cats the tools and information they need to help those cats be good neighbors. We promote a regular feeding schedule and feeding appropriate amounts during daylight hours to reduce the number of other visitors like possums, skunks, raccoons and insects; feeding at designated feeding stations; and keeping feeding stations and shelter areas clean and tidy at all times.

Why don’t food bans work? da Administrator
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