Feline ResourcesThis page contains informational resources dealing with cats.
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Community cat TNR (Trap, Spay/Neuter, Return)
Outdoor cats have existed alongside humans for 10,000 years. Feral cats are not socialized to people. However, Feral kittens can be adopted.
TNR as a method of reducing feral cat populations has proven to be the way to reduce the severe overpopulation of community (feral) cats over time.
Catch and kill doesn’t work. Animal control’s traditional approach for feral cats— catching and killing—is endless and cruel. Cats choose to reside in locations for two reasons: there is a food source (intended or not) and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, new cats move in or survivors breed to capacity. This vacuum-effect is well-documented.
Together, we can educate people about feral cats and the fact that they don’t belong in pounds and shelters where they are killed, and spread the word that TNR is the humane approach for them.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) does work. TNR benefits the cats and the community. Cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and improves their relations with the community—the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop. TNR is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. It is also cost effective when it comes to Animal Service budget concerns.
TNR is currently under attack in Hillsborough County! For additional information on this development, see the Breaking News page.
How to implement TN(V)R — Trap, Spay/Neuter, (Vaccinate), ReturnThe following link is a two-part one from HSUS, showing Boris Kortis (who founded the Neighborhood cats) as well as other key people doing an excellent presentation. It is necessary for people to understand why we want to validate and pursue TNVR(trap, neuter, vaccinate, return).
Feral catsAccording to Wikipedia:
A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild. The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.
The lifespan of feral cats is hard to determine accurately, although one study reported a median age of 4.7 years, with a range between 0 to 8.3 years, while another paper referenced a mean life span of 2 – 8 years. For contrast, in captivity, an average life expectancy for male indoor cats at birth is 12 to 14 years, with females usually living a year or two longer.
Feral kittens can usually be domesticated and can often become loving and caring household cats. Although it is a commonly held belief that adult feral cats cannot be domesticated, research has shown that this is a possible -- though often difficult -- process.
Resources for Feral cats
There are a number of projects and agencies that can help with feral cats. The links below are only a small sampling of the available resources. If you have any information on these resources or other resources in Florida, please click on the 'Contact Us' link above and let us know.
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