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Joan, Vet Tech
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Experience:  Vet Tech 35+ years working w/Cats
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I am feeding kittens and cats at a trash dumpster thinking I

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I am feeding kittens and cats at a trash dumpster thinking I could eventually relocate them to a barn. They are wild and reproducing, so I need to humanely put them down. I don't want to poison them with something that will make them suffer. Is there anything I can buy to put in the food and just let them "go to sleep"?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with interest in Feline heath. There is no way to humanely Euthanzie the Cats. They are sensitive to most things and can cause horrible deaths. What we suggest is to trap the Cats and take the to a shelter where they would be neutered and spayed with vaccinations. They will mark the ear and either adopt, the cats out, Return to a Ferral community once neutered and spayed, or euthanize the ones that are ill or cannot be worked with in one of the other ways. There is a Program called Love that offers free and low cost spay and neuter:

There are Animal shelters and Animal Control, that also offers the same service. I am sorry but nobody on the site can tell you how to Euthanize the colony, and it it also considered Animal Abuse to do that.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** don't have animal control here and I have not been able to trap them. We also do not have animal and/or cat shelters to take strays in this area.
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry if you would like me to see if I can find an animal rescue group to assist in this situation, I can do some searches for you. Legally poisoning the cats or putting them to sleep with any type of medication is considered Animal abuse and punishable by law. There have been a lot about this in the news and is now punishable with jail time if caught.