Feral cats are of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to people. They live among their own in “colonies,” and unless neutered, those colonies grow. I am working to effectively address stray and feral cats in our Kuna community with a program called Trap‐Neuter‐Return. We can reduce the amount of money that will be needed for animal control services by using the Trap-Neuter-Return method for cats.
Trap‐Neuter‐Return improves the lives of feral cats. Trap‐Neuter‐Return is the most cost effective, long‐term approach for stray and feral cats. Cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered and their population gradually reduces over time. The bad behaviors stop. Such as mating, yowling and fighting, and the cats become good neighbors.
Traditional approaches for feral cats—such as catch and kill or attempts do not work. They are costly, inhumane, and endless. Having cats removed from an area creates a vacuum, which more cats move into and breed to fill the space. Decades of these failed practices proves their futility.
Our community wants compassionate solutions. An overwhelming majority of Americans—81%—believe it is more humane to leave a stray cat outside to live out her life than have her caught and killed.
There are simple things we can do together to ensure a peaceful coexistence. Sometimes outdoor felines behave in ways that their human neighbors don’t like or understand. Not everyone likes having cats and I can work with you to take some quick steps that ensure the cats are diverted from areas they are not wanted.
Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats, provides extensive resources and educational materials online at www.alleycat.org if you’re interested in learning more.
— Andy Arledge
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