Did you know that community cats (or feral cats) are an intergal part of humane animal welfare? affective community cat programs include a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program, which aims to trap the cat(s), spay/neuter them and then return them to the same location. Such programs provide life-saving options for cats who might otherwise be euthanized. Additionally, overtime they reduce the population of community cat colonies. Below are some frequently asked questions + how you can help Atlanta become a lifesaving community!
How do community cats positively affect my neighborhood?
Contrary to popular belief, cats have low success at bird predation. Instead, a cat community controls mice and rats because they are rodent specialists. A sterilized cat community also eliminates fighting and howling because cats have no reason to, if not to mate. A stable, managed cat colony keeps also keeps unsterilized cats away; therefore the colony does not produce unwanted litters.
What should I do if I see community cats in my neighborhood?
- Look to see if the cats have an ear tip (top left ¼ inch missing): the symbol of a sterilized cat
- Ask around to find out who all is feeding the cats
- Transport the cats to one of our low-cost LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics or another free or below-cost clinic for spay/neuter and vaccines
- Release the kitty back to the exact place he was trapped
- Continue to feed, and monitor the cats for any newcomers
How can my community help keep community cats healthy?
- Spay/neuter and provide initial vaccines
- Use high-quality food without corn or grain
- If feeding canned food, add L-lysine as an immunity supplement and anti-viral
- Feed cats during the daytime only, never at night because night feeding attracts rabies-carrying wildlife as well as predators.
How does LifeLine assist with community cats?
LifeLine helps communities by:
- loaning traps
- offering easy-to-follow trapping instructions
- providing below-cost and sometimes free spays/neuters/vaccines for community cats at our LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics
- educating the public about community cats
- advising how to affectively manage cat colonies
- offering solutions to help mediate neighbor complaints
- supporting trappers throughout trapping process and the throughout the life of the colony
- helping connect people with others interested in helping community cats in their area and fostering the growth of grassroots efforts in neighborhoods throughout the 20 county metro area
- giving referrals for community cat resources throughout the metro area