Often feral cats congregate near a food source, usually a nearby dumpster. Many of the colonies Alley Cat Rescue receives calls about are those living in apartment complexes. These cats usually live at apartment complexes for a variety of reasons: cats may be abandoned by renters, there is a steady supply of garbage to scavenger through (including rats and mice), and there is more likely to be multiple feeders, among other reasons.
Colony caregivers should be careful when helping cats at an apartment complex. Management may be resistant or hostile towards the cats and may try to reprimand caretakers through fines or eviction. A common concern heard by housing managers is that feeding the feral cats will attract other wildlife species to the complex.
It is important that colony caretakers make sure the cats are safe at the complex and try and alleviate some potential concerns. Angry housing managers may call animal control, prompting an eradication plan where the cats are trapped and killed.
Here are some tips to create a positive environment for cats and people:
7/15/2018 07:36:31 pm
I wish everyone would read your website. I need help with an abandoned feral kitten !! I've called anyone and everyone and habe had no response. This whole situation is breaking my heart
Alley Cat Rescue
7/16/2018 06:42:24 am
Hello, please email email@example.com for help with this. Thank you!
9/23/2022 11:49:26 am
I just got tickets for a cat that's not mine cause I called it in that the cat attacked me . I was trying to get the cat away from my door at my apartment to take my dogs out so I took food somewhere else ...now they are charging me ( which I'm the one that the cat attacked ) gave me tickets for not registering the cat no rabis and no leash! How is this possible? I have to pay200 to have the cat cortained . This is not my cat it's a stray the owner left her and someone else is taking care of her and her babies. Please someone help me understand this .
3/12/2023 08:11:45 am
I have reached out to several organizations for these feral cats no response I need help with them I do feed them and some I can pet and even pick up I have my own traps I'm 72 yrs old and have health problems I need someone to help me trap and also management won't allow me to return them to this location and this apt complex has residents that poison them and try to run over them the feral cats are in a parking lot on the apt premises so it's not a safe place for them at all pls reach out to me I love all animals and this is heartbreaking I need help desperately GOD bless you
5/19/2023 09:17:38 am
Please help me keep this fam of 4 I have of feral cats not to be trapped & killed. If I keep feeding the same ones I have had since I purchased my mobile home. I will be fined 75.00 getting spayed is not an option.
9/30/2019 07:59:55 am
ive. had. many. kittens from. my feral cats.all cats spayed noww.but all kitteen found homes from Craigslist....try that....good. luck
2/14/2020 06:05:26 am
I'm in same situation. Management is threatening me with lease violation/eviction for feeding stray cat. I have been walking across street to park to keep off their property. Still not good enuff for them. Says if I give one stitch of water or food will get violation. Breaking my heart. I've called everyone to help me, won't loan a trap nothing. It's disgusting and frustrating. Cat comes by at dark thirty when most tenants sleeping. What's wrong with people. Doesn't bother them to watch it starve.
5/29/2020 01:26:14 am
I feel you. I got a call from my management to stop feeding the feral cats in the area.... I do not know what to do now...
10/19/2020 10:38:46 pm
Some people have no empathy for these poor, wonderful creatures. I have been feeding stray/ feral cats at the back of our apartment complex. I am lucky since the tenants don't seem to mind but I do make it a point to clean the feeding area everyday. Please I hope there has to be some sort of compromise for apartment complexes. It's inhumane just to watch them go hungry or simply ignore them.
1/29/2021 02:58:27 pm
The reason most people in an apartment complex dont want people feeding stray cats is A) the cat may have rabies
6/13/2021 02:20:01 pm
I am so right there w u. I've been given two violations already! Pisses me off, I just don't understand how horrible people can be. Just let them starve. That's BS!!
7/7/2022 11:38:44 am
Seriously, where did all the heartless ass hats come from? I also was feeding strays. They brought there babies to my door. Managers here kept violating me and nosy neighbors kept telling on me. Its killing me to have to hear them cry. All i do is cry. I dont know what i can do. So depressing being at home now. sucks.
4/6/2023 06:19:44 am
Well did you ever consider that people like myself may not like cats pissing, scratching, leaving paw prints and dirt piles on our vehicles? And the food and water that cat lady leaves out attracts pigeons that shit on our vehicles as well. Try having some respect and consideration for your neighbors instead of just thinking about what you feel like doing, the tenants pay rent there not the stray cats.
MaryAnn A Michaels
7/12/2021 12:08:36 pm
I don't know why with the high population of feral cats AZ has that there are not combined sanctuaries that can be funded by grants & donations. Not feeding a feral cat would be inhumane for me. Being evicted because of it and not having a resolution to trap and save makes no sense to me.
11/12/2021 09:19:46 am
I am not sure who to call or ask for help regarding this issue. There was a group of strays that were being fed by the downstairs neighbor that always hung out there, probably around 5 or 6 strays at a time. Recently, the neighboring units around us have been filled with new residents. It wasn't until just yesterday I realized that these strays have not been around. Also yesterday, I come downstairs to discover one of the strays was recently dead. I put gloves on and tried to see if there was anything I could do but realized that this poor cat must have been drowned/killed and discarded outside in the parking lot. I disposed of the lifeless body and started thinking that these strays are being killed inhumanley and there is nothing I can do to prove it. Advice welcomed...
Delonsie L Scott
2/27/2023 07:35:59 pm
I've been feeding a straight cat since I moved here 2 years ago 2021 April 27th all of a sudden we get this new property manager who hates animals and want to give me a lease violation when it's nowhere in the Lease that I cannot feed this stray black cat who's been here for years The property manager went as far as coming today at 8:30 and night to see if I was still feeding this one black cat who It's not in my least that I can't feed a cat I feed the black cat on a man hole And after he eats he goes down in the man hole The cat doesn't bother anybody I want to know what rights do The property management have tell me not to feed a stray cat Please respond back Thank you
4/16/2019 06:56:05 am
hi i have 2 ferel cats around thebuilding i live in and one is fixed and freindly he was dumped by someone in my building, he also said he would take care of it and says cat wont come inside. he is defenatly lying he has 2 other cats inside his apartment and he wanted that 3rd one. the second cat is not in good shape she is missing half her tail and some hair in other spots,looks as though she had been attacked by another animal and people in this building have been feeding them. now the superattendent son lost it just last night when he saw me feeding the cats and exploded wouldnt syop yelling at me so i could speak saying he is gunna talk to landlord and says i can be kicked out for feeding them, spca wont pick them up unless you can pay 300$ for both cats. these cats need help is it true that they can kick you out ?
Alley Cat Rescue
4/16/2019 08:19:21 am
Hi Victoria, we're so sorry to hear about your situation. You'll need to check your lease in regard to the rules at your specific building. Try to find out if there is actually any written rule regarding feeding animals outside at your property, cats or otherwise. You could be held responsible for violating the property's rules or terms of your lease, but make sure first that those rules truly exist, and are not simply a manager or superintendent's personal preference or feeling.
1/5/2023 03:13:50 pm
I have been feeding and providing a place for a cat that someone died and was just left. The cat is pooping on my porch and rugs. I moved the food and water dish about 200 feet away to a safe place. I’m worried the cat won’t find the food and water?
8/10/2019 04:30:10 am
My apartment manager informed us the maintenance man will be poisoning any stray cats he sees and he has before what can I do?
11/7/2019 04:34:00 pm
Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anti-cruelty laws apply to all cats—companion, abandoned, lost, and feral
2/20/2020 04:15:17 pm
My management thinks I am feeding the strays here because someone keeps leaving trays of food outside my apartment. I keep telling her it isnt me but she doesnt believe me and is threatening me with "action". I can not sit by my window all day to see who it is. Why would i come to my manager and tell her there is a plate of food there if i was the one putting it there? It doesnt make sense and i feel like i am being set up, as paranoid as that sounds. I do not want to risk eviction, i have a family to take care of, but unless i can get a picture of this person feeding them in front of my home, how do i convince her it isnt me?
2/22/2020 10:17:07 am
We installed a WYZE camera from home Depot. Not expensive and you can prove its not you leaving the food.
10/2/2020 06:59:52 pm
Why would you go and tell them in the first place? What do you have against people trying to help animals?
2/2/2021 10:23:42 am
Please see my comments to Lauren. Your comment to Sadko was uncalled for
2/2/2021 09:47:46 am
Why are you trying to get someone who’s helping these poor animals in trouble? Have a heart! You wouldn’t be in this situation if you didn’t go to management and tell them someone left food out for feral cats. I don’t feel sorry for you.
2/2/2021 09:59:43 am
Lauren, the issue isnt that they are trying to get someone in trouble. They aren't. From the post, they don't care that someone is feeding the animals. The issue is that the person doing it is leaving it outside their door. Management probably walked by and saw the dish, told them to stop, and they are simply saying it isn't them. Their management won't belive them and is threatening them with action, possibly eviction, unless they can prove it isn't them leaving the food out.
2/2/2021 10:12:45 am
Elizabeth it won’t let me directly reply to you but she clearly says “ Why would i come to my manager and tell her there is a plate of food there if i was the one putting it there?” she brought this on herself.
2/2/2021 10:19:34 am
True. But how i read it is management saw it, told her no feeding, she said she wasn't, management didn't believe her, and so now she tells her management any time theres a dish there trying to get her management to believe her.
2/2/2021 10:22:55 am
Something to rememeber: this forum is to help people. Not shame them because they are seeking help. Sadko was seeking help with a stranger leaving food outside her door and getting her in trouble. The first comment was helpful. Then you and Paris tore into her and shamed her for looking out for herself. Sadko never once said she had an issue with the feeding of the cats. Just an issue with it being outside her door without her permission.
4/22/2020 12:47:11 pm
I'm broken hearted I stay with my friend he has feral cats outside maybe 5 that come by. Management just threatened to file paper work if I don't stop feeding the cats. So where do I feed them? Evidently my new neighbour had complained no problem before. It's inhumane not to feed my baby feral cats I love them just like they are my own. I don't know what the lease says about feeding them. What if I put the food by the dumpster? Do you think people will complain. How about by my car in the bush - do you think the cats will find it there? It's driving me crazy I looked up my city ordinance but it doesn't state anything!
4/24/2020 11:18:14 am
Hello, I have several stray, abandoned cats, not feral, that live outside my apartment. I have been feeding them, and management yesterday took my bowls and left a note "to all residents," which only I recieved, stating that if, using the security cameras, they see anyone feeding the cats, they will give them a three day eviction notice. I should be getting my bowls back today, as that is theft, but I have recieved no warning prior.
6/13/2020 09:42:05 pm
There is a pride of 13 cats that were abandoned in our apartments about a year ago. For over 8 months ago the apartment complex had a connex container in parking lot . they use to live under the cracks of it since moving it away from complex they started to hang on my porch. So twice a day i would feed them. So now recently they brought their young and even had two on easter day. Apartment complex has placed a lease violation because they claim if I feed them they now belong to me. How is that even possible and can anyone help me . I'm in Houston Texas
8/22/2020 09:51:33 pm
I got a violation letter very vague
8/23/2020 01:02:48 am
Hey, I would check with your city laws first, easiest way is calling the non-emergency police number, but where I live, as long as the food is not on the property, i.e. on the sidewalk, you can feed them. And by on the sidewalk, I mean the street side walk. Where I live, that area is owned by the city and therefore businesses and apartments cannot impose actions against you for doing it. If they do, and you have the same laws, you can fight it and you will win.
12/17/2020 08:11:45 am
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12/27/2020 05:14:39 am
I own apt on first floor with balcony. It is ok to wild cat who been in this aria for years?
5/19/2023 05:58:37 am
No it absolutely is not okay, don't do it.
5/8/2021 06:54:08 pm
Hi I feed feral cats in our Apartment complex. There is a no pet policy at our apartment complex. I am an animal lover. Recently a neighbour got a Whippet pup. It chases the older mother cat who is scared of her life of it.The Whippet's owner said that it is only playing but that the cat scatched the pups nose recently. I researched on internet about Whippets and read that they are unreliable around cats and can kill them. What should I do?
Lisa A Means
5/21/2021 04:25:08 pm
I'm a member of peta and humane society and I just got told that if I keep feeding the cats a nasty letter will be given to the owner. In a trailer park. In mesa scierra Vista? So I'm upset these poor cats in this heat I can't stop. My heart hurts thinking that they will have no water or food. I'm trying to think of some solution.
5/19/2023 05:57:05 am
The solution is rather simple if you can manage to grasp it, stop feeding the wild and stray animals as they will manage for themselves like they did before there were Peta members to feed them. You have to understand that your need to do good only makes the problems worse so stop trying to make yourself feel better and leave them alone.
9/18/2022 05:24:50 pm
Hello, I am seeking help on how to proceed with my situation:
5/19/2023 05:51:06 am
Try obeying your landlords rules.
10/12/2022 03:19:11 pm
I'm going through the same thing with my landlord. I don't understand how people can be so thoughtless about these precious animals that would abandoned by their owner. They don't harm anybody here and feeding them shouldn't be an eviction kind offense. I live in Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment so it's government I'm dealing with I have no money to contact the lawyer. But as an animal lover and an activist it is killing me not to feed these cats. And they're going to call Animal Control and remove the cats and probably kill him. I have made friends with one of them he lets me pet him all the time I feel like my rights are being violated as an animal activist.
12/21/2022 07:18:37 pm
Stop feeding the cats. I have cats too indoor and have taken them off the street why don't you do the same. Don't come off as I feel so sorry for them. Take them in your home. You create a way bigger problem by feeding them. Feral cats know how to hunt but why would they want to hunt if you keep putting food outside. Just like racoons. They cause problems for people that have inside cats&dogs because your tracking these feral cats feces&urine in your Home have lots of fleas on them. Endangering them to owners cats and dogs that live inside to diseases let alone diseasess to PEOPLE TOXOPASMOIS. Also Feral cats can have rabies racoons always show up for the dinner party along with other rodents.
5/16/2023 08:21:31 pm
Not everyone can take in cats.also there are 16 cats in my neighborhood.be real I can't put 16 cats in my one bedroom apartment lol.I moved here in 2021 & the cats where here when I moved in.none of the humane societies or rescues will take them.I was told they don't take feral cats because their not adoptable
5/17/2023 02:35:48 am
It's not my concern whether everyone can take in cats or not, if you have 16 cats roaming your neighborhood then maybe the problem is do gooders feeding them. Stop feeding the wild animals in your neighborhood it only makes the problem worse.
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