Did You Know?
- TNR results in fewer to no births
- Reduction of nuisance complaints
- Lower animal control costs
- Less cats being euthanized.
- Healthier colony
The coordination between those that feed feral cat colonies and those that are trapping is imperative to the success of TNR’ing a colony
The number of feral cats is estimated to be in the millions
Ear tipping is a universally accepted way of marking a feral cat that has been spayed or neutered
Relocation of feral cats is extremely difficult. Feral cats are very connected to their territory. They know their shelters, food sources, other cats in the area and any local threats to their safety. All these work to help them survive. Relocation is only considered when there is a threat to their lives.
Cats are “seasonally polyestrus”, which means that once the days start getting longer (in Alabama typically from February to late fall) cats start coming into heat. They remain in heat for 1-7 days.
If they are not impregnated they go thru a short period of 1-2 weeks not in heat and then right back into heat. They will continue to do this until either the cat gets pregnant or the season ends. This cycle pretty much guarantees that any unsterilized female cat that is not kept away from male cats will get pregnant. This and the fact that cats can have up to 3 litters per year is the reason cats reproduce so quickly.