Nearly 1.000.000 feral cats in Sicily?
How many feral cats do really live in Sicily?
We suppose there are at least 338.800 feral cats in Sicily and 3.890.000 feral cats in Italy without any care on the streets.
There is no common formula to identify concrete numbers of feral cats, formulas vary between organisation and scientist. Moreover factors like clima, geographie and access to food have to be considered.
As general rule exists this formula:
number of inhabitants / 3,5 = number of pet cats
number of inhabitants/ 6 = number of feral cats
Some estimation takes number of inhabitants / 15 = number of feral cats
There are more feral cats in Mediterranian regions than in the colder regions. You will find much more feral cats in the South of Italy as in the north. Due to climate change, population of feral cats are growing all over the world. Because the global warming provides prolonged times for pregnancies. In general a female cat has 2 litters of kittens per year. But in some regions they now have up to 4 times per year.
Around barns, parks, ruins and touristic centers at the seaside there are many feral cats. You will not see all during the day. But in the night there are a lot of them, especially the very shy and the very young cats. They come out of their hiding places and search for food in courtyards and garbages. It is in the nature of cats to be active at night. Usually their condition is very bad. They suffer from bad food, untreated injuries and parasites. They have no vaccination and are not neutered. Their average life expectance is 1,5 years. This has to change!