Community cats with myths always could help us to set the cause of animal welfare comparing with damaging and tragic ways. Well, mentioned below is six myths about community cats.
1. Myth The best thing you can do for a feral cat is spay or neuter it, then return it to its original community (a practice referred to as TNR — Trap, Neuter, Return). TNR has been shown to be the least costly, as well most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations. After some time, as indicated by Alley Cat Allies, TNR can altogether decrease the extent of wild cat. And perhaps if you separate kittens from a feral colony, then adopt them as well, you will decrease the populations of feral cats immediately. Because their numbers are kept under control, cats that go through TNR have more space, shelter, and food. They also have fewer disease risks as the result of important vaccinations many receive during treatment. And because spayed female cats don’t go into heat, they attract fewer male cats to the area. Sterilized cats also spray less, make less noise, and have a reduced risk of getting cancer. Clearly, TNR is anything but cruel.
Not at all true. Wild cats are just as healthy as your own pet cats, with equally low rates of disease and equally long natural life period, however feral cats own stronger adaptation or saying suitability for variety of environments.
Unlike dogs, lost cats are very rarely looked for by their owners. Some studies show only 2 percent-5 percent of lost U.S. cats in shelters are reclaimed. And because most lost cats return home on their own, spending time in a shelter actually decreases a cat’s chances of being reunited with owners. If you have cats, one of the best things you can do is give it a proper ID tag and have it micro chipped, so wherever they wind up, they can be identified.
While a feral cat might look the same as a pet cat, the two are very different. Feral cats survive by avoiding close human interaction, so trying too hard or too quickly to bond with it may make the relationship worse instead of better; you can also get hurt if ferals become very defensive. For these reasons, attempts at socialization should only be handled by those well informed and prepared for all possible outcomes. However, you can be a successful TNR practitioner with little training. Here is some guidance on TNR training from Jesse Oldham. In the meantime, your local shelter has plenty of friendly, ready-for-play cats and kittens for you to adopt, so please don’t put your goal of transforming a feral above that of saving a life.
Communities sometimes round up colonies of feral cats either for euthanasia or to relocate them, but this is neither a permanent nor humane solution. It is usually impossible to catch all of the cats, and it only takes one male and one female to begin reproducing the colony. Even if all ferals are removed, new cats will soon move in and take their place. Relocation should only be an option when the cats’ lives are at extreme risk, and then responsible relocation practices should be followed.
Comparing to Raccoons, Squirrels, Jackrabbits, feral cats are mo more “homeless” because community is exact their home. by contrast, shelter life is not natural, and present a not optimistic future. Now many shelters are working so hard to decrease anesthetization of feral cats.