Why does Cats in Tow believe that trap, neuter, release programs are the best for feral cats? We believe that every cat deserves a chance at a happy life. The best scenario would be for every cat to have a warm, safe home where they were adequately fed, received attention and were kept healthy. That is not the reality for many, many cats though.
Just because these cats don’t have a human address, does that mean they are unwanted or should not be cared for? Cats in Tow does not think so. Feral cats are not going to make good pets (except on very rare occasions). It is best that they are left where they are, which also keeps the population of feral cats stable.
However, they need to be spayed or neutered, for their own health, to reduce the problems associated with mating and to keep them from producing more kittens (an un-spayed female cat can be responsible for over 3200 kittens according to the National Pet Alliance).
TNR also gives the people caring for the feral cats a chance to check their health, manage parasites and assess whether it is possible to transfer kittens to a life with humans.
We’ll go into specifics on upcoming blogs about how to get a TNR program started and resources for people who are assisting with a feral cat colony in their community. If you are curious about the science behind TNR, Alley Cat Allies have a list of scientific studies here).
Are you supporting a feral cat colony? Please send us a message to tell us about your experiences.