Collection summary: Feral catsAugust 2010
Populations of unowned free-roaming cats exist throughout the world. The number of unowned free-roaming cats in the United States is unknown, but is suspected to rival that of pet cats (73 million in 2000) and to contribute substantially to cat overpopulation. Considerable controversy surrounds methods for controlling free-roaming cats, particularly identification of the option that is most practical, effective, and humane.As issues involving feral cats become more commonly encountered in practice, veterinarians are increasingly challenged to provide appropriate solutions. Articles in this collection reflect the current views and study findings related to feral cat concerns.
In the first section, Management Strategies, the findings of a number of experts are presented pertaining to the pros and cons of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs and alternative strategies.
In the second section, Characteristics of feral cat populations, findings are presented from researchers who analyzed feral cat populations and the people who care for them.
The third section, Disease prevalence, contains findings of researchers who investigated key indicators of feral cat health.
In the fourth section, Clinical considerations, the results of studies related to clinical management of feral cats are presented.
The fifth section, Viewpoints, contains the text of presentations delivered at the AVMA Animal Welfare Forum, "Management of Abandoned and Feral Cats," in 2004.
The following materials are provided for your reference in the sixth section, Guidelines:
These are just some of the highlights of the information to be found in the "Feral cats" collection. We hope you will find this resource useful as you address feral cat management in your practice.