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The debate over how to deal with the nation's estimated 50 million feral felines has turned into a proverbial cat fight, with some animal authorities calling for the permanent removal of feral cats from the environment, and others supporting programs that neuter and vaccinate ferals. All sides agree that feral cat populations cannot continue to skyrocket. Credit: Getty Creative A strong supporter of humane methods to address the issue is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). One such method is known as TNR: trap/neuter/return. Usually it involves humanely trapping a feral, having it spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and then ear-tipping the cat for later identification before...

SYDNEY - An Australian study has blamed feral cats for the extinction of native mammals and warns 100 species are under threat from the creatures that inhabited the homes of early British settlers. Credit: Getty Creative The Action Plan for Australian Mammals, compiled over three years, found a higher than previously known rate of mammal extinction, co-author John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University said Wednesday. Woinarski told AFP Australia's mammal extinction rate was the highest in the world, with more than 10 percent of species -- 29 mammal fauna -- wiped out since Europeans settled the country two centuries ago. "At least one, and probably two, Australian mammals have been made...

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...

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