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All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

All Things Bright and Beautiful




Here is Momma Cat (Ground Zero) leaving the Veterinarian's office
after being neutered.
For most cats neutering is a one-day surgery!

A success story! Momma Cat (a feral cat) was trapped, taken to the vet, neutered, and then returned back to her home, and released back to the only world she has known! But at least now she will never have any more kittens!

The four kittens were taken to a “No Kill” animal rescue shelter where they will be acclimated to people, domesticated, and then adopted out to a loving family!

Was trapping the cats, taking the kittens to a shelter to be adopted, and taking Momma Cat to be T-N-R Trap-Neutered-Returned Trouble? YES!

Was it time consuming? YES!

Was it worth it? YES!

Would I do it again? YES!

Will it be easier next time? YES!

Would I love to do it again? YES!

Would I encourage you to do it? YES!

Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.

John 13:17

This scripture was pertaining to God’s Word
but I believe it also applies here.




Trap
Neuter
Return

TRAP the cat in a well monitored cage/trap. NEUTER take cat to a low cost or free animal neutering clinic veterinary. RETURN & RELEASE the cat to the same area where the cat was captured.

Why Return?

If you are trapping and then taking the cats to a shelter the cats will be euthanized! Another feral cat will take the place of the cat you just had killed at the shelter. This new feral cat may be sick and will reproduce!
ALL YOU HAVE DONE IS TO PETPETUATE THE PROBLEM!

When you Return a neutered/spayed cat they will NOT REPRODUCE more litters of kittens! The neutered/spayed cat will be a healthier cat.

When you Trap Neuter & Return neutered/spayed cats you have a smaller, healthier feral cat population that does NOT REPRODUCE more litters of kittens.

Trap Neuter Return is more humane and compassionate way to deal with feral cat populations.



· In seven years, one female cat, and her offspring, can yield 420,000 cats!

· Less that 1/3 of all cats brought into shelters
ever find a home!

· Chances are if the cat is over 6 months old
and hasn’t had a litter in the last 4 weeks,
she will soon!





Remember that feral cats have no choice in the circumstances they find themselves in. They are either abandoned or lost cats who have not been spayed or neutered and, left to fend for themselves, have reverted to a feral state. These cats continue to reproduce to form even larger feral colonies. A feral cat will likely never be anyone’s domesticated pet. But this does not mean that he does not deserve to live.

One common misconception many people have is that if these cats are trapped and taken to a shelter, homes can be found for them. Thousands of tame cats are put to sleep each day in shelters everywhere, and since feral cats cannot even be handled, they have absolutely no chance of survival in shelters.



City and Country Pets Magazine

Are You Feeding A Stray Cat? By Elizabeth Miller Sources: National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy Shelter Statistics Survey 1994-1997. National Animal Control Association Statistical Survey.









Working Together

· Momma Cat lived at a luxury lofts apartment home community. Trapping Momma Cat and the four kittens took the volunteer talents of many people; residents and employees of the complex. This is a good example of how regular people in apartment communities, neighborhoods, and shopping centers can work together to T-N-R Trap Neuter Return feral cats!

· Gena had the animal trap. She also had a veterinarian that she had worked with before with feral cat neutering.

· Osten trapped Momma Cat and two kittens all at one time!

· Christine came down with an extra pet carrier that we needed.

· RePaula transferred Momma Cat and the two kittens into two different pet carriers for the safety of the kittens and so we could trap the other two kittens. Transferring the cats into separate carriers was probably the most likely time to get bitten or scratched. RePaula transferred the cat and kittens without any problems. “We’re behind you all the way,” the guys safely said from about 3’ feet away! RePaula had some great big winter gloves to help protect her from the cats scratching. She had the trap and the pet carrier back to back and Momma Cat went into the pet carrier without incident. The kittens put up more of a fuss. All of this happened around midnight!

· Osten caught the last 2 kittens about 3 am.

· At 7:00 am back at the house we let the cats run loose in Jennifer’s bedroom. Everything that could be knocked off in the bathroom was knocked off by two kittens. Two kittens tried to jump through the bathroom mirror. The other two kittens hid behind a small couch. Momma Cat is still in her pet carrier.

· Later Jo and Jennifer rounded up all of the kittens, and took them to a “No Kill” animal shelter with a good reputation for adopting pets to loving families.

· Momma Cat went to Gena’s house and went into a spacious cage to wait for her early morning appointment at the vet’s office for her neutering surgery.

· Early next morning Gena takes Momma Cat to the vet for surgery!

· That evening (just one-day surgery) Gena brought Momma Cat home from the vet to recuperate at her house.

· Gena will make an attempt to domesticate the one-year old Momma Cat. She may be able to. Gena has a big heart and a lot of loving patience. If Momma Cat can’t be domesticated (it may be just too late!) she will be returned outside to her normal habitat. The really good news is that Momma Cat will no longer have any more kittens!



TIPS

· For best results trap at night; cats are nocturnal.

· Once you trap a feral cat – LEAVE THE CAT IN THE CAGE/TRAP! This is for safety sake so you do not get scratched or bitten!

· Traps need to be closely monitored! You do not want an animal to suffer and die in the trap from lack of water or from the outdoor elements.

· Most veterinarians will NOT accept feral cats for neutering without the cats being secured in the cage/trap. Veterinarians will not accept cats in many pet carriers or soft fabric pet carriers! Again - LEAVE THE CAT IN THE CAGE/TRAP!

· If you must transfer a feral cat into a pet carrier I suggest doing so in a closed room (without places to hide behind) so the cat cannot get away if the transfer fails! · Wear thick gloves, long-sleeves – Just in case!

· A “Bathroom Plunger” is a good device to safely push a mad cat back with the rubber end and it also has the long stick to keep you at a safe distance.

· Did you know that after a vet neuters a feral cat they “clip off” the tip of the cat’s left ear to easily identify that the feral cat has been neutered. So if you trap a cat – and it has a clipped ear you can release the cat unless if you think that the cat is sick or injured.

· If a trapped cat is sick or injured it is more humane to take the cat to an animal shelter for humane euthanasia rather that to let the cat starve to death or to die from the illness or injuries. It is not an easy choice but it is the best choice.



YouTube Video Never Say Never
America has a feral cat crisis. Learn about some of the myths and truths associated with feral cats and how to help them. TNR - Trap, Neuter and Return is the proven, humane solution to a problem that we created.



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