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TNR, Feral and Community Cats

TNR, Feral and Community Cats

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.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane method of trapping community cats to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their colonies to live out the remainder of their lives. TNR is the most humane and efficient way of controlling cat populations. It helps to reduce disease, overpopulation, noises and nuisance behaviors such as spraying and promotes better overall health of outdoor cat colonies.

After being spayed or neutered, cats tend to live longer, healthier lives. Spaying a female will prevent them from going into heat, which in turn reduces the amount of new tom cats coming to the area and helps to minimize fighting.

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.

Have a population of outdoor cats?

Contact Carolyn Haag at 920-733-1717 ext. 108 or chaag@foxvalleypets.org to set up your TNR appointment!

In 2019, FVHA helped improve the lives of 772 community cats!

Here are some of the benefits…

  • Fewer Cats: TNR reduces the size of community colonies, anywhere from 16% to 66%.
  • Less Smell: Too familiar with the smell of male cat urine? Neutered male cats mark their territory less and have a less pungent smell.
  • Less Noise: Neutered cats fight less and make less noise.
  • Rodent Control: Cats are a natural and effective rodent control method.
  • Disease Reduction: TNR includes vaccinations and reduces population size, which in turn can improve overall health of not only the community cats but also of other wildlife in the area.

Interested in adding TNR cats to your property?

Contact Jenna Jones our Feline Supervisor at 920-733-1717 ext. 109 or at foster@foxvalleypets.org to learn which outdoor cats are available!

Resources for Community Caretakers:

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