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    Help us track the population of feral cats in your area

    Helping and managing the feral cat population is a critical issue across London, and Mayhew has long run a range of programmes in this area. Mayhew has recently carried out a review across all our areas of work to ensure that our vital services continue to make a real difference and as a result of this review, have paused our feral cat Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programme this year.

    During this pause, we are conducting research into how we can best address the issue of feral cats in our communities, with the aim of resuming our TNR programme with improved practices next year. To help us determine how we can best help unowned cats and the communities that care for them, it is vital for us to first have an understanding of how many unowned cats there are.

    Starting in Harlesden, we have created a short survey which we need residents to complete so we can build a picture of how many feral cats there are. Once we are able to determine this, we are hoping to be able to repeat the survey each year to see what impact, if any, TNR has on the population numbers of feral and stray cats.

    What do we mean by 'feral cat'?

    Feral cats are the same domesticated species of cat as pet cats, but are not socialised to humans or habituated to the domestic environment. They are generally free-living as single or colony cats with little or no direct human interaction or dependency and often avoid direct human contact. Feral cats are slightly different from stray or abandoned cats, who are socialised and previously have been pets, and cared for by humans but are now free-living. Pet or household cats on the other hand are socialised cats living with and cared for by humans, typically spending some or all of their time in a human home. You can find out more about feral cats and how to identify them here.

    Take the survey

    If you live in Harlesden, we would really value you taking our short survey. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will help us assess and plan our work to support feral cats.

    Take the survey