Farmers and stable owners are being urged to consider housing feral cats which are not able to be homed in a domestic setting.
The UK’s largest cat charity Cats Protection said the feline was the ‘ultimate in rodent control’ and were ‘perfectly content to live outdoors’.
Cats Protection events manager Emma Osborne said: “Feral cats are exceptionally efficient when it comes to controlling pests and often just their presence alone is enough to keep rats and mice away.
“What is even better is that the vermin control offered by cats is 100 per cent organic and environmentally-friendly.
“Although some ferals can become semi-tame, they will never crave or need the companionship of people or an indoor home, and do not miss the luxuries that domestic cats enjoy.
“However, while they are perfectly content to live outdoors, they will need to be provided with food, shelter, water and veterinary care.”
Ferals are happiest when kept outdoors at farms, stables or smallholdings, Ms Osborne added.
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