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WASHINGTON - It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. Credit: Getty Creative "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers. "If they're hungry and they haven't seen traps before, they're not hard to catch," she explained. "But some of them are very smart. There's a female I've been trying to get for a couple of years now and I haven't been able to get her yet." Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday lands on a veterinary...

Feral cats ... now there's a topic that is guaranteed to raise a few hackles. In an attempt to promote common ground between all the different points of view about how, or how not to manage feral cat colonies, I want to share the results of a study published in the August 15, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The researchers used computer modeling to predict the effects of three different management techniques, Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), Trap-Vasectomy/Hysterectomy-Release (TVHR), and lethal control (LC). Here's a summary of what they found: "Management of feral cat colonies by TVHR has not been suggested previously and may be more effective...

Whether you call them feral cats, community cats, stray cats, free-roaming cats, or some other name, these cat populations are a growing problem in many locales. To build awareness in the general public and establish a safe place for these cats, October 16, 2013, has been declared National Feral Cat Day. Let's talk a little about these feral cat populations, because there are a lot of misconceptions about their lives and their existence. It's important to realize that there are many differences between these feral cats and the pet cat that shares your home. Though it is entirely possible and desirable to capture and socialize kittens from these colonies for placement in homes, it is not...

Should cats live indoors full-time or is it okay for them to go outside sometimes? How about staying outside? The belief that cats should not go outdoors is in the ascendancy among animal advocates. Some shelters require adopters to sign pledges not to let their new cats outside. Proponents of keeping cats indoors full-time argue that the animals live longer, healthier lives indoors, don't kill wild birds, don't get lost, and can be perfectly happy without going outside. The specters of cars striking cats, predators eating them, other cats and dogs fighting with them, fleas and ticks - all are invoked towards the end of keeping cats inside. Keeping cats inside isn't necessarily easier....

I take it to be a sign of desperation: at the same time trap-neuter-return is becoming standard practice across the country, the call from some quarters for lethal roundups is growing ever louder. And more explicit. On October 16, Cat lovers will be celebrating the 12th annual National Feral Cat Day, an event with the long-term goal of bringing greater awareness to the plight of stray and feral cats that are forced to live in the shadows of big cities as well as rural areas. The official definition of feral is: "Living in a wild state after domestication." These cats are also often referred to as...