How many cats make a colony?
The size of cat colonies can vary greatly, from as little as two cats up to about 15 cats. Within the cat colonies, feral cats are quite sociable, forming close friendships with other cats and collectively rearing their young. Related females and their young form the core of a feral cat colony.
Does TNR reduce feral cat populations?
The scientific evidence regarding TNR clearly indicates that TNR programs are not an effective tool to reduce feral cat populations. Rather than slowly disappearing, studies have shown that feral cat colonies persist and may actually increase in size.
What is TNR regarding cats?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) saves lives Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle.
Which ear do you tip a feral cat?
Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated feral cat. It is the removal of the distal one-quarter of a cat’s left ear, which is approximately 3/8 inch, or 1 cm, in an adult and proportionally smaller in a kitten.
What does TNR stand for in cat population control?
The simple answer to this question: TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return and is the only humane method of population control for feral and community cats living outdoors.
Is it possible for TNR to work on cats?
It is very obvious that in order for TNR to work almost the entire colony has to be trapped and fixed. TNR advocates have never denied this fact. But it is the only humane, compassionate way to control the feral and community cat numbers. So Does TNR Work? The simple answer is yes.
Is the TNR movement an outdoor cat movement?
TNR is Not An Outdoor Cat Movement! TNR is NOT an outdoor cat movement. We don’t promote having cats outdoor running free, willy-nilly. TNR advocates are AGAINST cat death by euthanasia. There is a big difference between those two things. It’s not about having cats run free.
Is there a difference between TNR and euthanasia?
TNR advocates are AGAINST cat death by euthanasia. There is a big difference between those two things. It’s not about having cats run free. It’s about returning the feral cats (and semi-feral) cats back to their outdoor homes INSTEAD of certain death by euthanasia.
What do you need to know about TNR for cats?
During this period of four to seven days, you’ll need a place to hold the cats while they’re confined in their traps. The space must be warm (at least 65 degrees F.), dry (protected from rain and other elements) and secure (no access to strangers or other animals).
What’s the best way to talk to people about TNR?
Walk around, talk to people, ask them what they know about the cats. Hand out TNR infographics. Address issues residents may be having and explain how TNR can help. Recruit feeders and volunteers for the trapping.
How long does it take for colony cats to recover from TNR?
Whether you’re catching all the colony cats at once or aiming for one or two at a time, you should allow two to three days to trap, one day for the spay/neuter surgeries, and one to three days for post-surgical recovery. During this period of four to seven days, you’ll need a place to hold the cats while they’re confined in their traps.
How to TNR a cat in New York City?
You can read through the How to TNR pages on this site, download and review the Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook and watch our How to Perform a Mass Trapping video. If you’re in the New York City area, attend one of our workshops and gain access to free spay/neuter, traps and other assistance.