Friday Films: TNR Adventure or TNR is Fun
Today’s Friday Film follows the topic covered yesterday, and should give you a little more idea of what trap-neuter-return (TNR) is all about. The film is a little longer (11 minutes) than usual because you are going to go along with catlady, cat advocate and musician Sarah Donner on a TNR adventure. Find a quiet place and get comfortable: open your mind and your heart.
A colony of unaltered feral cats can cause numerous problems: continually growing numbers of cats; frequent and loud noise from fighting and mating behaviors; strong odors from unneutered male cats spraying to mark their territory; and suffering of sick and dying kittens and injured adult cats. In addition large numbers of kittens and adults from feral colonies end up in animal shelters, forcing the shelter to euthanize them because they are unadoptable, or because there are just too many.
Trapping and killing feral cats is the traditional method of feral cat control. However, this method has been proven ineffective, as the food source (dumpsters, rodents, etc.) usually remains, and any remaining cats in the area quickly move in and repopulate.
TNR is the most successful and proven method of reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves carefully trapping the cats, spaying and neutering them and returning them to their original location. Cats that are social enough to be adopted are placed into new homes. The colony stabilizes, fighting diminishes and cat populations are reduced through natural attrition.
Feral cats minimize rodent problems. While cats cannot hunt rats and mice into extinction, they can keep their populations in check and discourage new rodents from moving into the area.
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