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Ocean County Observer endorses TNR

Published in the Ocean County Observer 02/03/05

A fuss over feral cats is raised at least once a decade in one town or another, usually by people who don't have a clue about the value of feral cats and how to control their populations.

This time it's in Little Egg Harbor, where feral cats congregate near the Radio Road Beach. Feral cats kill hundreds of mice, rats, moles, voles, lizards, some insects and other creatures more likely to carry diseases than the cats -- especially if the cats have been inoculated. That's why hundreds of farmers across the world allow feral cats to live in their barns.

A program of catching the cats, neutering them, inoculating them against rabies and feline leukemia and releasing them back into the wild is the best way to control feral cat populations as well as other small animal populations.

Neutered males spray less and are less likely to wander as they no longer have the urge to find a mate. Spaying females eliminates pregnancy and allows more time for hunting. Neutering or spaying cats also has positive health benefits, reducing the risk of certain ailments.

Fear of being bitten or scratched by a feral cat is generally groundless.

Unless a feral cat is attacked by a human, it will keep its distance.

It is a misconception to think that feral cats will be better hunters if

they are not fed. To the contrary, according to studies on feral cat populations, the cats cannot live a healthy life on vermin catches alone and a malnourished cat is susceptible to becoming ill, weak and unable to hunt. Regular feeding of the cats also makes the cats more friendly toward humans, which makes it easier to re-inoculate them or worm them from time to time.

A well-organized group of neighbors can make sure that a small but healthy feral cat population does its job.

Which would you rather have in your neighborhood? Cats or rats?

from the Ocean County Observer

Published on February 3, 2005

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