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Stray cats becoming big issue in Quincy neighborhoods

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Feral felines are roaming the streets of Quincy in record numbers. Quincy residents say the problem is getting out of hand, and something needs to be done.    

Quincy resident Cindy Gard knows all too well the dangers that come with stray cats, as she was attacked by a feral cat as a child.
"One of them scratched my face, I have a scar on my eyelid and on my head and under my hair and everything because it tried to climb over my head while I was pulling it off my face," Gard said.

Quincy Animal Control Officer Steve Scherer says he's picking up more stray cats than in years past, and says the problem is only going to get worse.
"This is the time of year that a lot of kittens are being born and people are feeding them," Scherer said. "It ends up being a vicious cycle. I understand that people like to feed kitties, but if they're not spayed or neutered, they are just going to make more kitties, and pretty soon it's going to be an overwhelming population."

On top of that, Scherer says the city stopped trapping for cats after a reduction in staff back in 2011, but says he is in talks with city council members to come up with a solution.
"I'm hoping we get some kind of idea how we're going to do it," Scherer said. "We basically need to start trapping for cats, and I'm hoping it comes through somehow."

As for residents like Gard, she just hopes something is done to curb the over-population sooner rather than later.

"Children often don't know any better and if there is a feral cat in their yard they just want to go up to it and if it's not very friendly, something like this could happen, it could be a bad deal," Gard said.

Scherer says there are a few things you can do to help keep the population of stray cats down:
-Clean up any debris around your house, as cats tend to congregate in those areas
-Close doors and sheds so the cats can't hide inside
-Don't feed any strays or they will keep coming around

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