Cats, wildlife & people II
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
I don't agree with the statement in the USA Today news story “Cats kill more than believed in past” about feral cats that a Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) program is harmful to wildlife.
This “puts down” the very groups that are working hard to help cats as well as wildlife. A T-N-R program works to humanely get stray cats neutered, thus reducing the number of new cat predators that otherwise would be produced by the unspayed females. How could this not be beneficial to wildlife?
These T-N-R groups are struggling daily — with all volunteers and no federal funding — to neuter and get rabies shots for hundreds of stray cats! An Internet source says a single female cat, living for 12 years, could have as many as 3,500 descendants. So, an effective T-N-R program eventually scales down these feral cat colonies, therefore lessening the threat to wildlife.
T-N-R groups work for the future — hopefully, one in which cats are lovingly cared for by their owners, who responsibly get them neutered, don't let them run wild and don't randomly toss them into the woods to take care of themselves!
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