I would imagine many of you have noticed feral cats roaming around on occasion.  You think about them when you see them but not any more than that. Well, let me share a story with you about one of our property owner’s experience that you might find a bit scary.  The owner’s of this particular property live out of state so they rely on us to handle everything.

We received a call from one of our tenants describing a funny noise they kept hearing above the ceiling.  We went to the house and looked into the attic and called an exterminating company to inspect in case there were rodents in the attic.  We were relieved to find there weren’t any rodents. What we found instead was a female feline with several kittens nesting in the insulation.  When they spotted us they went scampering across the soffit like feral cats in a circus high wire act.  You can imagine our surprise!  We couldn’t imagine how a pregnant feline got into the attic space.

Another surprise came when the exterminating company said they do not remove feral cats.  Who in the world do you call to resolve this dilemma?  We searched on the internet and found a couple of companies that specialize in the removal of unusual critters or nuisance animals.  The process to remove these creatures takes 1-2 weeks.  The technician must place bait traps to lure the animals and monitor the traps for several days until every one is caught.  Then they must deliver the cats to a facility that will take the animals in and there are related fees.  In addition, there are several issues to be concerned about such as possible infestation of fleas, mites or ticks.  The company we spoke to said the area must be treated with a special pesticide or the infestation may lead to the interior of the home.  Finally, the entry point or any possible future entry point must be sealed.

One neighbor suggested that a fellow neighbor liked to feed the stray cats. Perhaps, that could have lead to this feline’s curiosity and finding the attic space. We have no idea if this is indeed the case, however, it does make you pause.  I have seen feral cats around my own neighborhood and felt sorry for their life of struggle.  We have even placed a bit of food for several days in a row for a small, newly weaned kitten we saw around our house.  We were able to catch her and took her to the SPCA in hopes they could place her for adoption.  During that time, we had to fend off a male feral cat.  What an adventure, whew!  Luckily, our efforts paid off.

As I write this, the feral cats are still around and the removal is in process.  There is always something new to deal with when you handle property management.  We enjoy what we do and realize how important it is to help owners with a variety of situations.