Ridgmar Neighborhood Association

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Ridgmar's Feral Cats

Fort Worth Animal Control is no longer euthanizing feral cats

The current policy of Fort Worth Animal Control is not to euthanize any feral cats they trap, or feral cats trapped and turned in to Animal Control by residents. Instead, they are using a program called TNR (Trap Neuter Return). 


So What Happens To Feral Cats When They Are Turned In To FW Animal Control?

When someone traps and turns a feral cat in to Animal Control, as long as it is healthy, Animal Control will neuter/spay it, give it shots, dock (clip the tip of) one ear, and return and release the cat back to the location where it was trapped. Furthermore, if Animal Control traps a cat and finds that it already has a docked ear, they will immediately release it from the trap on site without taking it in. Therefore, if you trap a cat and turn it in to Animal Control, it is going to end up right back where it was trapped in a day or so. Therefore, to keep it and other cats out of your yard, follow the suggestions furnished below.

Reminder: disposing of animals by Trapping and Poisoning or killing them is a felony punishably by imprisonment. 

Please help our feral feline friends

Unlike dogs, that are for the moist part adored by all, cats are either loved obsessively, or hated with a passion—for most individuals there is no in between. If you are a cat person and fall into the former category, you will be receptive to this. If you are not and are among the later persuasion please at least read the following with an open mind. You may discover that the hard-working feral cats are actually your friend.


Ridgmar’s dirty little secret

Despite the fact that no one wants to admit it, like all of Fort Worth, Ridgmar is infested with rats—especially the last five or ten years with all the construction going on around us. Not the big, mean, ugly Norwegian Grey sewer rats, but the cute, doe-eyed, white bellied variety often called “tree rats” or “field rats.”  If you hear something skritching around in your walls, cavorting in the attic, find evidence of chewing going on, notice dead tree limbs stripped of bark, gnawed shingles, holes chewed in your wood siding, or flowerbeds dug up and plant roots eaten, rats are the culprits—not the innocent squirrels, opossums, or raccoons. Those guys have better things to do.


Feral cats rid Ridgmar of rats

Every year, I live-trap literally hundreds—yes, hundreds!—of field rats in my yard and release them in the country—at least I did up until a few years ago when the colony of feral cats moved into the neighborhood. Ever since then, I have not seen as much as one stinking rat, nor have I had my wiring chewed up, HVAC ducts destroyed, holes gnawed in my cedar siding, or flowerbeds dug up as in the past. My live-traps are now stored away—hopefully for good. The industrious feral cats have done what they were designed to do—rid the neighborhood of vermin. Raccoons and Texas rat snakes are also terrific rat killers, but that’s another story.


Don’t worry: feral Cats won't take over the neighborhood

Sad but true, outdoor cats only have a lifespan of a few years. Therefore, as long as we continue to neuter/spay as many feral cats as possible, the size of the local feral cat population remains manageable and small—but sufficient to do a good job of holding the rats at bay. If you see what you think is a feral cat that does not have a clipped ear call call long-time Ridgmar resident Sandra Pound at 817-732-5873 (especially if you are looking for a lost pet, or want to adopt a cat or kitten, or help find homes for the kittens), or Larry or Carol Patterson at 817-732-8683.


At least do no harm

If you don’t like cats, and/or don’t want any part of dealing with them, please just ignore them. They won’t dig up your gardens, they will mostly leave birds alone, they aren’t diseased or rabid, and they will not cause you any trouble. What they will do is keep you from having the horrible rat problem that plagued Ridgmar before they were here.


Larry Patterson


For more information

Click here for the Fort Worth Feral Cat Page

Click here for the Fort Worth Feral Cat Policy

Placing traps bated with food in your yard is counterproductive and will attract not only more cats, but all types of unwanted animals that would otherwise have never ventured anywhere near your property.

Have questions about or need help with feral cats? Check:

Panther City Feral Cat Coalition

Their Mission

Panther City Feral Cat Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with compassionate individuals, local governments and shelters to humanely control the growth of the feral cat population in the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas by implementing long-term solutions to significantly reduce the population of unaltered, free-roaming and/or abandoned cats and kittens using a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR.




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