What is a feral cat?
A feral cat is a domestic cat that isn't socialized to people. Feral cats are most content living outside.
What is a cat colony?
A colony is a group of cats living in an area with a food source.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
- Humanely trapped.
- Spayed or neutered.
- Vaccinated for rabies.
- Eartipped for identification.
- Returned to the colony.
What are the benefits of TNR?
- A colony population is immediately stabilized because the breeding cycle stops.
- The number of feral cats and kittens brought into local shelters is reduced. This results in lower euthanasia rates and lessens the strain on animal shelter resources.
- Annoying behaviors associated with mating such as: spraying, fighting, & caterwauling diminish.
- Sterilized cats roam less and are less likely to contract diseases spread through bite wounds.
Can Feline Friends adopt feral cats into homes?
No. Feral cats are afraid of humans and socializing them is nearly impossible. Feral cats do best in their natural outdoor environment making TNR the best way to help them.
How can Feline Friends help with TNR?
- Loan you a humane trap.
- Provide you with instructions and support while you trap and recover feral cats.
- Make arrangements with the vets that will spay/neuter, eartip, and vaccinate feral cats for rabies.
Will Feline Friends relocate feral cats?
- Finding a suitable new location and caretaker for the cats.
- Trapping the cats and providing them with the necessary veterinary care.
- Transporting the cats to the new colony location.
- Confining the cats for a minimum of two weeks and orienting them to their new environment before releasing.