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|About||C.A.T. is a rescue group promoting a cooperative effort to reduce the free roaming cat population in our community through adoption,education and TNR.|
Community cats are members of the domestic cat species that are not socialized to people and virtually unadoptable. They typically live in groups called colonies where they form strong social bonds within their community. Community cats make their homes where they find shelter and food. Because community cats are not socialized or adoptable, they do not belong in animal pounds or shelters. Instead, they should be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and returned to their neighborhood home.
TNR, or trap-neuter-release is the humane practice of trapping community cats who cannot be domesticated and brought inside as pets, spaying or neutering them and returning them to their original colony. A female cat can get pregnant when she is less than half a year old and will continue having litters of kittens until she is fixed.
While having the cats gone might seem most convenient for everyone, it is a shortsighted and unrealistic solution for several reasons. When cats are removed from any location, whether they are relocated or eradicated, new cats soon move in to take over the vacated area and available food source (garbage, rodents, insects, etc.). In just a few months two intact cats can repopulate the area. New cats that move in to fill the void are likely to introduce disease and worsen nuisance behaviors. TNR of these cats has been proven to be humane, economical, and socially acceptable. A stabilized cat colony on the property site will deter other new cats from moving into the area. Still, newcomers may appear and do so usually, in increments of one or two at a time. These newcomers should be trapped immediately and vetted, as they are typically hungry and may be oblivious to consequence of the trap.
Various measures can be taken to ensure that the cats do not create a nuisance on a given property. Sterilization alone eliminates most nuisance behaviors such as territorial fighting, and marking. Unobtrusive feeding stations can be devised so as to not inconvenience