When a community cat is found to be feral or semi-feral because they have had little or no contact with humans, they have, most often been considered unadoptable, but there is a new approach gaining foothold within the world of cats. Generally it’s called a working cat, or barn cat program and there are a number of them that have reached the news in recent years. It works on one simple premise. When you add a predator, the prey will make all attempts to vacate that location.
Many animals, both wild and domesticated, can pass diseases to people. These are zoonotic diseases. Although we should be concerned about such diseases, there are common myths about the public health risks associated with community cats. Still, those who are charged with protecting the public try to use the excuse that community cats are dangerous to humans. When Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) programs are put into place each cat brought in for spay/neuter is generally g
The vacuum effect occurs when community cats are trapped and taken out of the territory they reside in and protect, leaving a void. This misguided way of thinking is called trap and kill. These cats are killed simply because they are deemed unadoptable and not socialized to humans. Through this practice, the number of community cats will decrease temporarily. This is known as the vacuum effect and is well documented. During trappings, there will always be trap savvy, unal
Attrition is the reduction, over time, in the number of community cats that have been TNVR'd (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) and living in managed colonies. TNVR includes spay/neuter/vaccinate and return to the territory where the community cat was originally humanely trapped. Since no reproduction occurs after TNVR, the population is stabilized. Attrition then occurs due to the process of aging, predator animals, and in some cases, humane and human intervention. This creat
In the community cat movement, we all have one goal in common: To reduce the number of abandoned pet and feral cats over time. Together these cats are referred to as community cats. This is the compassionate and right thing to do. This goal cannot be achieved by any one person. It takes a team. That is why coalition building is so important. We must all work together to address the community cat issue. THE TNVR TEAM Coalitions must be built in several ways. First we use