Frequently Asked Questions
What is CCC?The Campus Cat Coalition at UTA (CCC) is a volunteer group of students, staff, and faculty from the UTA campus. CCC's main goal is to work closely with the university in order to provide care and long-term management of feral cats on campus. In addition, CCC tries to decrease one potential source of feral cats - local strays - by providing educational information on the costs and commitment of responsible pet ownership. To join CCC, the only requirement is an interest in helping!
What, exactly, is a "feral" cat?A feral cat can be defined as any cat too wild or unsocialized to be kept in a typical pet home. These cats are often born in the wild!
Have you seen feral cats on campus?At UTA, colonies of feral or un-owned cats live on campus property. While the exact numbers are not known, the population is estimated to be in the hundreds. Physical Plant reports feral/un-owned cat colonies in the vicinities of the Maverick Stadium, the campus power plant, Physical Plant parking lot, University Center, Campus Dormitories and in and around trash dumpsters which people frequently leave open.
Many of the feral cats at UTA were originally "owned" pets of students and neighbors of the university. These well intentioned owners were probably not prepared for the many responsibilities of pet ownership, including the cost of food and supplies, veterinary care, and the time commitment. Other cats are the result of generations of breeding among the campus' existing feral cat population.
Typically, cats in Arlington's warm climate can be expected to have two to three litters of four to eight kittens per year. Because many of these cats are not socialized or tame, they cannot be caught and placed in homes. They are just too wild for close contact with humans.
The CCC program has the following 3 key parts:
This joint effort is modeled after Stanford University's highly successful and humane program to control and manage feral cat populations on their campus. A similar program is in place at the University of Texas at Austin.
For your information:
How you can help:
How to contact UTA's Campus Cat Coalition:
This document adopted from Aggie Feral Friends.