Do you have a feral colony in your neighborhood? Take control of this colony by Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR). It is safe and stops the overpopulation that is taking over our counties. Please continue reading. If you need help there are organizations that will do it for free. Operation Catnip, and our very own SNIF program.
Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is an effective way to control feral colonies. Feral cats are found in every community. When cats are not sterilized they reproduce. Cats and their offspring bond together in groups called colonies. The colonies stay where there is a food source. People care for colonies and provide food, water, and shelter.
To manage colonies, Trap/Neuter/Return is the only solution. TNR is humane and painless. Cats will no longer reproduce and the colony is manageable.
TNR is the only chance that feral cats have to live a safe and healthy life. TNR requires commitment.
The average life of a feral cat is 18 months.
Cats can reproduce as young as 5 months of age.
The gestation period of a cat is 56-65 days. A cat can go into heat every 14-21 days.
An unaltered cat and their offspring can produce over 400,000 cats in 7 years.
Early spay/neuter is beneficial to cats because :
- it produces less scar tissue
- it is less stressful on the cat
- there is a shorter recovery period when the cat is very young
- there is a lower risk of complications from surgeries