Cat caretakers say it's been a week since Chaminade University banned them from feeding the cat colony that has lived on campus for decades.
"My main concern is the cats. They are not being fed," said Stephanie Nipp, one of the cat caretakers.
One thing about Chaminade's campus is the way it’s laid out. There are a lot of places for cats to hide.
There's an estimated colony of about 120 cats spread out across the 88- acre campus.
For the last 20 years the school has worked with various cat caregivers to try and manage the population.
The school reversed its policy, citing health and safety reasons.
"We have had flea problems and we find feces on the ground and things of that sort. It has become a safety problem," said Chaminade spokeswoman Kapono Ryan.
"We had a volunteer who fell where we were feeding and she had fractured her arm," said Nipp.
Nipp says the volunteers were willing to sign waivers to allow the program to continue, but the school has held fast to its decision saying there have been complaints from the school community.
But the school and the cat caregivers both admit part of the problem is that people have been dumping their unsterilized pets on campus.
"That makes it hard to control. These are not neutered cats and cats have litters and the messes get bigger and bigger," Kapono said.
It’s a problem that the University of Hawaii Manoa campus has long struggled with.
In Hawaii Kai, the cat caretakers have been trying to fend off unauthorized feeders.
The Chaminade cat caretakers are asking the school to reconsider its decision, saying the problem won't go away--but may actually get worse.
"It is unfortunate because if they don't have a program in place there is not anyone monitoring and the cats they are just going to be breeding and the cats will just increase their population exponentially," said Christen Matsushige of the Cat Foundation, a no-kill animal shelter.
The cat caregivers fear the cats will be trapped and eventually put down.
The school says at this point, it has no plans to trap the animals.
The St. Louis Heights neighborhood board said the feral cat problem has not been an issue so far.