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CSULB Feral Cats Program

Regulations for the Feeding of Homeless Feral Cats

September, 2008

Only authorized small feeding locations will be allowed on campus. These small feeding locations must be kept out of sight of the general public. The location of authorized feeding sites will be designated solely by the University. The locations will be away from heavily populated or trafficked areas.

Cats can be fed fresh food only during daylight hours (6am to 6pm). This will aid in the proper care of the cats and avoid the attraction of unwanted wildlife to the campus. The amount of food provided must be gauged so that virtually no food is left over. Food attracts wildlife, flies ants, etc., which must be prevented. Cats should not be fed out of cans or from paper plates. Feeding must be done on a daily basis only at the authorized feeding locations and in approved feeding containers. Food containers must be cleaned and all food picked up each day no later than dusk. On a daily basis, any food container not removed by 6pm will be removed by the University as non-compliant with the University’s program. Water may be provided at any time.

All cats must be neutered/spayed and vaccinated and identified as such by the presence of a tipped ear. On an ongoing basis cats must be checked for injuries, illness, pregnancy, lactation, or any other unusual condition. Any cat displaying such conditions must be removed from campus. Resources to assist in trapping will be made available by the University.

The small feeding locations must be kept free of debris and cat feces. Areas in which cat feces are offensive or cause problems, such as walkways, building entrances, below windows, or near HAVC intake locations, etc., must be inspected daily. Any debris or cat feces that may cause odors or attract flies or ants must be removed.

All feeding containers must be affixed with an identifying sticker provided by the University. Any feeding container without an identification sticker and/or not in compliance with the University’s program will be removed immediately by University personnel.

The University will relocate or eliminate an authorized feeding area should a problem arise. The University will not allow this program to continue if these regulations are neglected or if additional problems arise from only limited volunteer participation. The University will formally notify the registered volunteer for the feeding location in advance. Finally, the effectiveness of this program will be first measured by a significant reduction in the number of feral cats on campus.