A community cat refers to a cat that lives outdoors, is unowned and free-roaming and may be feral or friendly. Colony cats that survive kittenhood have an average lifespan of 2 years without a caretaker, though they may live up to 10 years if a caretaker is present.
Ear-Tipping is essential to colony cats as it is the most widely accepted way of marking a fixed and cared for community cat. Ear-tipping is the humane method of surgically removing the tip of the left ear by a veterinarian at time of their spay/neuter surgery.
Whether you’re frustrated by the feral cats in your neighborhood or you’re looking to become a caretaker for them, here’s some useful information on how you can manage it.