TIL that trap, neuter, release programs for feral/stray cats are largely ineffective and considered inhumane by some veterinarians

Read more: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/UW468

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  1. Yeah I’m gonna call bullshit. We have a pack that hangs out at work. They get cuddles and free food, we get pest control. I’d say they’re better off this way than, ya know, dead

  2. >Although 1,111 cats were returned to the colonies after veterinary treatment, Kreisler, Cornell, and Levy (2019) stated that “return [of cats to TNR colonies] rather than routine euthanasia of trapped cats [may] increase animal suffering due to non-retroviral disease or trauma (in other words, that **free-roaming cats would be better off dead**).”

    So, it’s more humane to round them up and kill them.

    Heavy doubt.

  3. TL;DR

    > Overall, it appears that TNR cat colonies were reduced only if there were high rates of adoption/removal of cats (around 50% or more), if there were high rates of neutered cats, and if there were low rates of immigration by cats. Without these, the colonies would not decline in size over time.

  4. So many points are gunna come whenever you mention anything about cats. So here is my unsolicited opinions on the subjects to ruffle some potatoes.

    Billons of birds die each year from being killed by birds – this is true but on par with climate change and loss of habitat which all three are believed to be the reason for the decline of birds. Also most of the endangered species of birds are large birds not things like sparrows or cardinals or robins. Most of the species wiped out by cats were on islands and the damage is already done on most of them.

    Cats should not be allowed outside- yeah probably not unless they’re working cats on a farm. However this is often interpreted as “well if they don’t want their cat getting rocks thrown at it they shouldn’t let it outside then” aka overreaction.

    Cats are taking over- this is kind of true but only in areas where people are. The reasons you don’t usually see cats roaming the deep woods is other predators eat them. Coyotes, foxes, other larger cats will make a meal out of them. They are a domesticated animal reintroduced to the wilderness which means they usually don’t thrive over generations the same as if a bunch of deer on a farm got loose.

    Cats don’t have facial hair- cats both boys and girls have facial hair. It’s important to remember they are animals and ask you cat if it wants to shave its face or mustache area. Remember to always avoid the whiskers when doing so. Also don’t let your cats smoke cigarettes

  5. I have issues with the use of the term “inhumane” in the article and in the OP title. The entire “HOW HUMANE ARE TNR PROGRAMS FOR THE CATS?” section is comparing the life of feral cats to indoor-only housecats. Their conclusion that TNR programs are inhumane is based on the fact that TNR cats — and, in fact, all outdoor cats, although for some reason they don’t seem to acknowledge this — don’t live as long as indoor cats, and are subject to more parasites, predation, etc. I think everyone knows this, and I think everyone wants more cats to be adopted. The authors’ solution is in fact a cull:

    >it is much more humane to capture a healthy cat, and, if cannot be adopted, have it euthanized instead of returning it to the outdoors, where it will suffer during its life.

    Also, I don’t see where the article says that “some veterinarians” consider TNR inhumane. That seems to be on the authors. Thread title should be edited for accuracy to say, “considered inhumane compared to simply exterminating feral cats.”

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