No matter where you live in the world, be it in a city or a rural area, you will find stray and feral cats.
These cats are often seen as a nuisance and a threat to domestic cats living in the area.
In some places they are looked upon as an asset, controlling unwanted vermin and can even be a tourist attraction, think of the cats in Greece!
But where do they come from and how do we deal successfully and humanely with this man made problem?
What is the difference between a stray and feral cat?
HOW DO WE CONTROL THE PROBLEM?
Once again there are differing opinions as to how to deal with communities of cats living on the streets. There are those who advocate euthanasia as the only solution in controlling the problem but research has shown that fortunately this is not the answer. As soon as a population on cats is
removed another group will move into the territory. We, and many organisations around the world prefer to promote the TNR (trap, neuter, release) method of control.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Here in Cape Town we work with the Cat Trapping and Sterilization Network. The CTSN trap feral and stray cats, have them sterilized by various veterinarians and then either release them back onto the street or where possible re-home them. The CTSN also feed and monitor feral cat colonies and
will trap any animal that appears sick or debilitated. This is an important part of controlling a feral colony.
JUST FEEDING A STRAY CAT COLONY DOES NOT HELP BUT MAY WORSEN THE PROBLEM.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
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