Why Feeding Bans Don’t Work
Feeding bans were created from the misguided notion that feral cats rely solely on the consistent feedings of people, and once that feeding is stopped, the cats will just “go away”. Instead, feral cats actually rely on a number of food sources in their environment and are quite the scavengers. In fact, food bans only serve to cause a number of problems.
First and foremost, areas where people have been feeding cats who are suddenly forbidden to do so will cause those particular cats to widen their search for food, causing higher visibility to the public and increasing calls to animal control.
Secondly, feeding bans make the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return extremely difficult. Trapping requires the cats to be in an area where they are used to finding food or being fed.
Banning the regular feeding of these cats takes away the opportunity to trap them for neutering. In turn, unneutered males will roam out of their area looking for mates, once again increasing calls to animal control.
Last but not least, feeding bans punish the very folks who are trying to improve the situation for feral cats and the community they live in. These people spend money out of their own pockets to feed, neuter or spay, and care for these cats. They are an asset to their community, and these bans only force them to continue their care of these animals in secrecy.