HOWDY ALL, My wife and I are volunteers at ANIMAL GROUP OF NORTHERN NEVADA (ARGONN). One of our main functions is TNR, (trap,neuter,return) program to handle the FERAL CAT population. We are presenting the information below from our personal experience, along with a VIDEO (page 2) from Alley Cat Allies showing you how it is done.
WHAT IS TNR
Europe is credited with starting TNR in the 1960’s
1. TRAP – Humanely (Painlessly) trap all of the cats in a colony (a group of cats living outdoors together)
2. NEUTER – Take the cats in their traps to a veterinarian or clinic to be neutered or spayed, vaccinated and ear-clipped (a universal symbol indicating they have been fixed)
3. RETURN – Return the cats to their original outdoor home.
This program ends reproduction, stabilizes colony populations and improves cats lives. Mainly there are no new litters of kittens.
– BENEFITS OF TNR –
TNR helps cats and communities in MANY WAYS:
– HEALTH –
1. Eliminates the chance of cats developing mammary or testicular tumors.
2. Feral cats usually become healthier and gain weight after neutering.
3. TNR programs vaccinate feral cats at the time of neutering, which makes them less susceptible to infectious diseases.
– SOCIAL –
1. After TNR, there is generally less roaming, yowling and spraying by the cats.
2. Neutered cats tend to be more affectionate toward each other, spending more time in groups and fighting less.
3. Feral cat colonies provide natural rodent control.
4. When trapped early enough, stray kittens can be socialized and put up for adoptions.
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