Feral Cats abound

Hoboken isn’t alone with Feral Cats!

Hoboken411 doesn’t really have a position on these Feral Cats that pepper our neighborhoods. It is what it is. Some folks make it their life-long mission, while others feel they’re bad for our environment. I’m not playing that game…

But on a recent waterfront walk which took me miles up the Hudson to Edgewater, NJ – I spotted this whole crew of wild cats living under a strip mall on River Road. Some cats were completely un-fluttered by people walking by.

Which made me wonder. Does anyone know why they have those “Trap, Neuter, Return” programs – and not “Trap, Neuter and ADOPT?” Why do they throw them back in the wild? These kitties seem like they’d make great house guests. Why not?

Uptown Hoboken is Feral Cat infested

As you might know – the construction area uptown is home to many feral cats.

Happened to be walking the pooch there the other day when that lady feeds those felines as well. The cats come out to greet the woman – and some kitties were pretty much unfazed that Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar was going berserk.

In case you’re interested in helping these homeless pussycats – the next Neighborhood Feral Cat Workshop is on July 9th.

15 Responses

  1. Bonnie says:

    Love this video! Those cats seem like they’re drugged but Oscar looks far from it!

  2. CapnJon says:

    we have a terrible problem with feral cats currently. my problem with the (well meaning) feral cat intiative, is that (i believe) they return the cats to the streets after they are fixed. the problem is, the cats are filthy (they sh*t in my gardens), aggressive (one recently attacked my (leashed) dog (an old chihuahua), they tear up trash, and pee all over the outside of our house.

    we are animal lovers – 2 cats, one dog, and one toddler – but i can’t take the wild cats anymore!

  3. SkinnyFatKid says:

    I’ve seen these cats near Hudson Tea. I just found out about a colony living down near Jackson around 6th/7th. I agree with Cap that while they TNR program is great in keeping down the population, is there anything else that can be done? Is there a better maintained colony that these cats can be transferred to that isn’t so residential? Safer for both residents and the cats??

  4. mooshu says:

    These cats were really cute as kittens. I’d seen them last fall and into winter, cans of catfood all over the place.

  5. Woodsman says:

    Trapping and/or sterilizing as a solution is a failed concept from Day-One.

    There are now about 150M feral-cats just in the USA, and 86M pet-cats (60M of which are still allowed to kill all wildlife), this means the population is already oversaturated for a long time. Nobody wants more than 86M cats for pets. There’s only 311M people in the USA. 2 cats exist for every 3 people, from infant to senior. Thanks to those who outlawed destroying them in a more efficient, often more-humane, and more cost-effective manner by shooting. While they also promoted their slow, random-chance, inefficient, and failed trapping programs. TNR people claim trap and kill is also a failure, and they’d be right. The problem has always been the trapping, slowing things down far below cats’ breeding-rates.

    I alone was able to completely rid my land of all these INVASIVE-SPECIES feral-cats by shooting. Cats had completely decimated the native food-chain for ALL native wildlife, destroying not only all the prey that their cats disemboweled for play-toys, but all the predators that depended on that prey, starving all native predators to death as well. (Now there’s REAL animal cruelty for you, caused by cat-lovers. They should all be in prisons for life.) Shooting cats is perfectly legal where I live, and is even a more humane method when done right than slow and terrorizing trapping and animal-shelter methods. One moment they are happily stalking helpless animals to cruelly torture again, the next they are dead and don’t even know what happened. Making your land 100% cat-free is something that cat advocates haven’t been able to solve nation-wide for 30-40 years. On my land only 1 person in only 2 seasons was able to accomplished what they couldn’t in decades. Why is that? It’s time for you all to grow a spine and get enough strength-of-heart to do what needs to be done. If it’s not legal where you live then use the “SSS Cat Management Program”, for Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-Up. That’s legal everywhere in the world.

    Keep in mind too their exponential growth-rate. An average litter of 5 cats every 5-6 months (some say 3X’s a year), breeding as early as 6-months of age. 2 can become 42 (up to 252) cats in only 1 year. No amount of trapping them (if you could even get them all to enter traps), nor valuable resources (transport and vet costs, etc.), man-hours, nor money will ever catch-up to their growth rate. You have an ecological, human-health, animal-welfare, and financial disaster on your hands, ALL thanks to cat-lovers and TNR proponents. The faster that cats can be destroyed the better. Even when using guns and having all stray and feral cats shot on-sight we might still not be able to catch-up to their exponential growth. Not even until every last land animal (including humans) is gone from this earth, due to cats destroying the whole food-chain, with nothing but cannibalistic cats left walking the land. No exaggeration. Do the math. Exactly that can happen in your lifetimes. Just ask any TNR group how many cats they’ve trapped. They haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the problem that THEY CAUSED and are only exacerbating with their lies. Using the birth-rate info, guess how many will be born in just this year? Even when underestimating by one-half to be safe — 1 BILLION 575 MILLION CATS. Got enough traps? Got enough centuries to trap them all while they’re still breeding at exponential rates? Trap-advocates cost you to lose the feral-cat-explosion battle long ago.

    Solution: Make cat-ownership AND care-taking of feral-cats a FELONY with fines and prison for anyone failing to comply until this problem they created is brought under control by any and all means possible. Shoot-on-sight is, without a doubt, the most humane, the fastest, most economical (0.3 cent to 3 cents per cat depending on ammo prices), and most effective method available. This is also the only method that doesn’t endanger nor harass any other animals with non-discriminatory random-chance traps. Though avoid poisons if at all possible, that once entered into the food-chain, will go on to destroy more of the very wildlife that you are hoping to save from destruction by cats. Whatever you do though, please bury or incinerate the carcasses so all the deadly diseases that cats now carry won’t go on to further infect the native wildlife, nor any other humans that might come in contact with them.

  6. pattydrumgoole says:

    TNR is the most effective approach in addressing feral cats. There is extensive research on it’s success. Take a minute to read up on it. I’ve been involved with feral colonies for the bunch of years and am familiar with those in Hoboken. I have TNR’ed dozens of cats who today are doing very well. Volunteers manage the colonies and work well together. Dozens and dozens of kittens have been rescued, received medical care & adopted into great families through CAP (Companion Animal Placement) and CAT (Companion Animal Trust), two amazing non profits dedicated to the welfare of Animals. Those cats that have been TNR’d were fixed, rabid vaccinated and ear tipped, a universal sign that the cat was TNR’d. More times than not , with a bit of support and understanding, people who are first annoyed by these cats come to gain a new attitude about them and quickly become advocated. Unfortunately relocating these ferals is extremely difficult. They are very territorial by nature and if brought to a new location they will wander for days looking to return to their “home”. In the process they get lost and killed. Once spayed/neutered the annoying behaviors disappear and the cats live comfortably outside. Those who TNR are not blame. Irresponsible pet owners who do not want their cats anymore and put them out on the street are the real culprits. ALL PETS SHOULD BE MICROCHIPPED! And if a person no longer can care for a pet, it should be surrendered to a shelter or rescue group.

    I urge anyone interested in getting involved to attend a CAP worship. The colony on 14th St. by the HudsonTea bldg has been there since the 70s. There are less than 12 now and all BUT 2 have been TNR’ed. Two women manage the colony. Toll Brothers has been very supportive with our efforts. We constantly ask people in that area not to leave cat food cans on the ground. Concerned people can certainly place food directly on the ground neatly along the fence in inconspicuous places. The cats will find it. there are a handful of other colonies in town that I have TNR’ed. The one on Jackson b/w 6 & 7 has also been worked with. There were dozens of cats there a few years ago. I was told there are a few more. We are in need of more certified people so we can tackle the rest. Coordinating with each other can make a world of a difference.

  7. trueblue11 says:

    nice to hear from the unibomber-wanna be.
    what a DOOSHEBAG! Dude you are sooooooo FUCKED-UP and your accusations are sooooo way off base they almost do not even merit a response…almost. you clearly are a sick individual and need help,but i’m sure you wont get it. so go live in the woods with your little white dog and suck on the barrel of your .38 . Fuck you.

  8. HomeTeam says:

    A bunch of those Edgewater cats seem to have been captured, fixed and released judging by the ear clipping. They tend to mellow out a bit after that.

  9. iforgotmymantra says:

    Oh no, look at that poor little dirty kitty! I am so sad for it, and I have no idea why they re-release these cats into the wild.

    • trueblue11 says:

      Manny, if the colony is maintained, they are fed, have some shelter, and possibly medical care. Most importantly, they have the company of each other, not living alone, for endless days in an animal shelter. [quote comment=”209872″]Oh no, look at that poor little dirty kitty! I am so sad for it, and I have no idea why they re-release these cats into the wild.[/quote]

  10. Stella says:

    Unfortunately many of these feral cats do not make great pets. Some of the kittens can adapt but not the older ones. So a maintained colony is the best option.

  11. Journey says:

    TNR is designed to slow the the population growth of feral cats. It is not designed to reduce the number of cats out there, just prevent you from adding more.

    Some feral cats are not adoptable. Who would take in cats CapnJon described? if you brought all the stray cats into the shelter system, the shelter system would be over burdened. Most shelters in NJ are kill shelters anyway so they are not required to keep the animals more than 7 days (to give owners to reclaim lost pets).

    The cats I adopted were found by a rescue organization in one of NJ’s many kill shelters, raised in foster care until I adopted them. My girls are indoor only cats. It was part of my adoption contract, as was getting them fixed, one of the many reasons I greatly respect the rescue organization.

  12. elainetyger says:

    My friend and I trapped and neutered 4 cow-pattern cats behind the condo complex on 8th & Park: Molly and her 3 kittens. Molly’s parents previously died back there after living there for many years. Right after Molly’s dad died, she had his kitten (that’s why I call her Molly, like Moll Flanders) and I just grabbed the newborn kitten and took it to the vet on Washington to have it euthanized in case it was a tom, but they found it a home including a woman who fed it hourly with a bottle. Then when there was a gut-rehab on 8th, a tom got into the yards and Molly had 3 more and that’s when we trapped and neutered them. One of the kittens was accepted for fostering and adoption but the other cats were all too feral. A second kitten escaped to the street, got hit by a car and broke her leg, which calmed her down enough to get her adopted. Molly and her daughter Phantom (for her facial markings) still live in the yards between Garden/9th/Park/8th. Their ears are clipped Some of the people in the Park buildings feed them.

  13. Snip119 says:

    It’s a very sad situation with the feral cats. If the kittens can be captured at a young age, they are adoptable and make loving house pets. If the cat has been on the street for a while, however, they are not socialized and will in some cases never be litter trained, making it difficult to get them adopted. If they can be trapped and neutered/spayed, at least their numbers won’t continue to grow.

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