Definitions

Community Cats

Are cats that spend all of their time outdoors and do not currently have an owner who is actively caring for them. Some of these cats have never been socialized and are extremely frightened of human interaction (often termed feral). Some of these cats have had a home or have become accustomed to human interaction and have the potential to be adopted or to live successfully in a home with a new owner (sometimes termed stray). In some cases these cats exist as part of a colony where humans provide food/water, shelter, and some basic preventive healthcare (spay/neuter, vaccinations).

Owned Outdoor Cats

Are cats that have an owner and receive care (food/shelter/etc) from an ‘owner’ on a regular basis but who spend at least some of their time outdoors unsupervised by their owner.