If you live in the city limits of Springfield:
- You may not have more than FOUR cats over the age of six months.
- You must have proof of rabies vaccination for each cat.
Feral cats are untamed cats that live outdoors and are not accustomed to human interaction. Feeding feral cats can result in property damage, neighbor complaints, attracting more feral cats, and danger for your family or pets.
Feeding feral cats can also be interpreted by a court of law as “harboring,” making you the owner of the cats and subjecting you to the related ordinances.
Avoid attracting stray cats to your property:
- Do not put any kind of pet food outside, even for your own pets.
- Make sure your trash is kept in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Don’t leave your garage door open and unattended.
- Eliminate or close off areas that could shelter cats from bad weather (for example, under decks and porches, any other type of enclosed space on your property).
- Minimize the presence of rodents that may attract cats. Keep your yard mowed, remove spilled bird seed from the ground, and keep your yard free of lumber and debris where rodents may hide.
If you are already experiencing a problem with stray cats on your property:
- Visit this Cat Repellant website for simple, humane home remedies as well as manufactured products. The products they recommend are designed to scare cats away without harming them.
- Implement a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) system. Catch a feral cat in a humane trap, have them spayed or neutered, and return them back to the outdoors. For more information on TNR, contact the Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (SAAF) or Southwest Missouri Humane Society.