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Cats

  1. 1.  Controlling the Feral Cat population What can be done?
  2. 2. Feral cats • Stray cats and feral cats are not the same. • According to the humane society: There are estimated to be 70 million feral cats living in the US.
  3. 3. Feral cats • Where do feral cats live? • Why is the number of feral cats a problem? • How can we decrease their population?
  4. 4. Where are feral cats commonly found? • Behind restaurants and fast food establishments. • Roadside • Woods • Neighborhoods • Could even show up on your porch
  5. 5. Danger to wildlife Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  6. 6. Disease and Parasites  Rabies  Feline Leukemia  Feline Aids  Hookworm  Heartworm  Fleas
  7. 7. Decreasing the number of feral cats Trap and Euthanize a. Difficult to find volunteers b. Inhumane c. Short term solution d. Can be costly
  8. 8. TNR:Trap neuter/spay release  TNR: Trap neuter/spay and Release a. Easier to find volunteers b. Cats are not harmed c. Lessens nuisance behavior 1. spraying 2. fighting 3. mating calls
  9. 9. TNR:Trap neuter/spay release  TNR d. Males loose their instinct to protect their territory e. Hormone releases change welcoming new cats into colony f. Population decrease happens very slowly
  10. 10. THVR:TrapVasectomy/Hysterectomy release TVHR: males keep their sex drive therefore protect their territory and still will attempt to mate with female cats in the colony. Creates 45 day pseudo- pregnancy.
  11. 11. THVR:TrapVasectomy/Hysterectomy release • 35% capture rate results in elimination of one feral cat colony within 11 year. • TNR: needs 85% capture rate for same results • Trap and euthanize will not reduce size of colonies. The feral cats that are not caught will continue to reproduce.

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