Your E-mail:
Hobby Farms - Current Issue

Printer Friendly

Trap, Neuter, Return

Use this method to help control feral cat populations.

By Rachael Brugger, Associate Web Editor

When it comes to taking care of feral cats, sometimes it’s best to let them continue living with their colony instead of adopting them into the barn or house. In this case, Candy Lash of Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield, Mass., recommends the trap-neuter-return (TNR) method of care.

"What we have found is that people often feed feral cats or a colony of feral cats, but do not take the extra step to have them neutered,” she says. "By feeding them, they are given a chance to procreate thus contributing to the overpopulation problem.”

DPVHS loans traps to encourage people who encounter feral cats to trap the cat without killing it. Neutering the feral cats not only ends the breeding cycle, but reduces the amount of fighting between male cats and removes the odor associated with urine marking.

When trapping a feral cat, return the cat to its colony after neutering instead of euthanizing it.

"Removing cats generally creates a vacuum that allows for new cats to come in,” Lash says. "The cats typically live out their lives, and the colony reduces through attrition.”

For more information on TNR, visit the Alley Cat Allies website.

 Give us your opinion on
Trap, Neuter, Return

Submit a Comment
Reader Comments
We didn't catch our cats, we pretty much bribed them using milk and sausage and other tidbits and took them in before the situation got out of control. There were originally 5 but since then 2 have disappeared and one died of poison.(not our fault) Now one sleeps in our house every night and the other wants to but we are cautious because she scent marks in the house. It has been somewhere around 9 months since we first saw them.
Summer Woodall, San Diego, CA
Posted: 7/9/2011 7:25:36 PM
sometimes you just have to take drastic measures to control the feral cats. they can get out of hand and become a nuisvance.
tom, anchorage, AK
Posted: 1/21/2011 10:48:30 AM
I wish it was that easy ,I now feed 25 cats and kittens .Don't know how they got here ,they are pretty tame.
After calling several vet's the cheapest I can find to spay or neuter them is $100 ,how can I afford on a fixed income?
vera, newell, AL
Posted: 8/18/2010 7:59:03 PM
Shoot it in the head, bury, forget.

Feral cats are bad for native song bird populations, also where we used to live, rabies was a big problem in Lapeer county.
R, Charlotte, NC
Posted: 8/16/2010 2:00:50 PM
View Current Comments

Zip Code:

Product Spotlight
Hobby Farm Rewards 
Member Login »


Information on over 200 horse breeds