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Community Cats
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Community Cats




What’s a Community Cat?


Community cats (feral cats) are unowned and generally unsocialized cats who – with the help of humane and effective programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Return-to Field (RTF) may thrive in their outdoor homes (territory)  with their collective family (colony)


Who Provides Care for Community Cats?


While largely self-sufficient, cat colonies may benefit from a caregiver if insufficient food supplies exist. Caregivers are also essential to the success of TNR and RTF programs by way of trapping their community cats.


Can You Tell Me More of TNR and RTF? 


TNR helps to stabilize community cat populations (colonies) and contribute to their general health and well being by allowing sterilized cats to continue occupying their outdoor homes (territories) while not producing further litters. As this program does not relocate the cat but rather returns the cat to its known territory, the cat continues to occupy its territory – thus preventing further cats from moving in. Once sterilized, cats are also less likely to develop mammary or testicular tumors and other health concerns in addition to being less likely to suffer injuries related to their drive to mate (fights, roadway injuries due to roaming, etc.)  As community cats are often unsuitable for shelter placement, this also helps to improve live outcomes both in-shelter and outside of shelter as shelters can continue to focus on their general populations while community cats may thrive in their outdoor homes. In this, Return-to-Field (RTF) is operationally similar to TNR, the primary difference being that the cats in question have been admitted to a shelter at some point in the process.


If you are a Davidson County resident seeking RTF resources, please visit the link below to learn more of Pet Community Center’s partnership with Metro Animal Care and Control.


Pet Community Center and MACC: Community Cats



How Can I Become a Colony Caregiver or Assist with TNR?  


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What if I’m Having Issues with Community Cats? 


Utilize the Alley Cat’s Feral Friends Network to find colony caregivers in your area in addition to local TNR efforts and veterinary resources for community cats.


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