Feral and Stray Cats

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Prevent Nuisances Caused by Stray and Feral Cats


As summer and warm weather is upon us, residents are spending more time outside in their yards.  To ensure that neighbors can enjoy the outdoors, Franklin County Public Health would like inform residents of the problems that can be created by feeding and providing shelter for stray or feral cats.


  • Pet food left outside can attract other animals including mice, rats, raccoons, skunks, opossums, other vermin and insects.

  • Water bowls can become stagnant and provide excellent breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

  • Animal waste/feces from stray or feral cats can create odors and attract insects.

  • Most stray or feral cats are not vaccinated against rabies.


Franklin County Public Health Regulations 102 (Property Health and Sanitation) and 104 (Rabies Control) requires the following for all property owners and pet owners:


  • All exterior property and structures shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.

  • All exterior property, yards and structures shall be free from any accumulation of animal waste and/or animal feces.

  • All premises and exterior property shall be kept free from harborage to prevent infestation (rodents, vermin and insects).

  • All premises shall be maintained to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water which can provide a mosquito breeding habitat.

  • All dogs, cats and ferrets shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician.