FC: Dejan's Feral Cat Project Mixbook English 107 Technical Writing '08
1: What are feral cats? you may ask. These animals are feral cats! Theres over 9.8 million of these guys in the US!
2: Feral cats are cats that have been born outside of human contact. | Born in the wild, they do NOT make good pets.
3: Feral cats are usually nocturnal creatures, and they avoid human settlements unless there is an important source of food there
4: Unfortunately, feral cats are associated with many problems. People believe that they spread disease, kill wildlife, and endanger small children. They also tend to have noisy and undesirable mating behaviors.
5: To deal with these problems, people used to kill off undesired cats. Today, theres a better way, "Trap-Neuter-Return".
6: Trap Neuter Return, or "TNR", is a humane way to control feral cat populations. It involves trapping, neutering and returning a colony of feral cats. | The cats get to live a full life, and the population of the colony decreases naturally over time.
7: TNR is not the only way. It is limited in application, because a caretaker is required for the colony after the return step. | TNR is pretty successful where it is applied. However, some of the problems with feral cats remain after a successful TNR. Locations like national parks want to be completely rid of their feral cats.
8: Euthanasia is the other option to deal with feral cats. Although it isn't the best solution for those concerned about the wellbeing of the cats, it is the best solution in some cases. In national parks, euthanasia can completely deal with any feral cat problem.
9: The best thing you can do to help stop feral cat overpopulation is to spay or neuter your cats. Encourage others to do so too!
10: References: Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance. (2003, October 3). Stray and feral cats in the state of Pennsylvania. Retrieved April 28, 2008, from Paws Of PA Web site: http://www.pawsofpa.org/TNRPositionPaper.pdf Clifton, M. (2006, May). Beyond "Sylvester & Tweety". Retrieved April 29, 2008, from http://animalpeoplenews.org/06/05/beyondSylvester5.06.htm Nash, H. (n.d.). Spaying: Why it's a good idea. In Pet education. Retrieved April 30, 2008, from http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1364&articleid=925