There are an estimated 120 million feral cats living in the United States alone. These cats face a hard life. Most kittens die before becoming adults, and the adults that survive are subjected to a life of foraging for food and territory. Female feral cats are subjugated to multiple pregnancies and births over a lifetime.
These cats exist because of human irresponsibility. Domesticated cats are not seen in the wild, so ferals are the result of abandoned, un-neutered cats (strays) roaming and having litters of kittens. There are many viewpoints on what the most humane course of action is to deal with these cats. Some euthanize the cats, some believe that doing nothing is most reasonable and others are proponents of TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return.) Many shelters are unable to take in all the cats in a population and there are not enough humans willing to offer a place in their homes for strays.
This series of works seeks to highlight the everyday experiences of feral cats and prompt the humans who view the work to consider the impact of allowing their pets to remain unspayed or neutered, and what abandoned pets experience daily. The cats seen in this series are real ferals, some living and some dead.
Here’s some resources for you if you want to know more about feral cats and how to help them: