It is no secret.... our entire neighborhood is dealing with an overpopulation of feral and stray cats. These felines are beyond learning to socialize with humans. They are feral enough that they won't let you handle them or help them. I know for a fact that I won't be able to make a pet of them. I have tried.
They have taken over our front and back yards, gardens, trees and porches. They are spraying urine on outdoor furniture, flower pots and flowerbeds. They use my flowerbeds as a litter box.
Believe me, it is not a pleasant thing to care for flowers in your flowerbeds and all of a sudden realize you have cat poop on your hands...
It has happened to me and it is a very unpleasant thing.
I appreciate your advise, the emails I have gotten and your concern about that poor cat you saw on my previous post and admire you for caring for your own strays, but the reality is much, much more bleak and really much more serious around here. It's a public heath issue, it's a mental health issue, and it's all to do with a neighbor cat hoarder who at one point kept over 80 cats in her tiny adobe. Animal control was made aware of the situation and removed many of these cats. Still, these felines are everywhere around here and they are not friendly at all. They won't let you care for them, spay them etc. Even the most ardent cat lovers won't appreciate the smell of cat urine and poop on furniture or outdoors in the garden.
These feral cats will be better off with animal control, but if I call for them to be taken away, they will most likely be put down anyways. Best keep them around? I don't mind seeing them around the garden (except for what they leave behind), but to find urine and feces on furniture where we sit, or eat it is something else.
I just want that particular unwanted feline intruder from a specific area--my settee ;) Stay tune as we'll continue to investigate how to keep him away from our porch!