The process known as TNVR (trap - neuter - vaccinate - return) has proven to be the only effective way to manage a cat colony and keep the cat population under control.

Community cats (feral cats) populate an area where they have access to food and shelter. Without a spay/neuter program, the cats tend to spread and even take over. Some speculate that removing the cats will solve the problem, but more cats will just pile in to fill the gap. One leaves and another comes in.

This is a vicious cycle known as the "vacuum effect," a direct response to removing or eradicating feral cats. With a TNVR program, the colony will disappear over time.

Responsible colony managers should participate in TNVR as well as trap cats for annual vaccines.

A female cat can have up to five litters in one year. Assume that each litter produces six kittens. Each of these kittens can reach sexual maturity as early as four months of age, and will start having their own litters. This means that the population grows out of control in very little time.

Humane organizations agree that TNVR is the best way to manage feral cats. Most organizations provide spay/neuter services or grants to help the effort.

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Do you care for a cat colony and need assistance? Cat Depot's Food Bank is open the last Saturday of every month to assist those who need cat food. Click here for more details on the Food Bank.

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Cat Depot offers TNVR services for community cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties. For more information, please contact the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic at 941-366-CATS.

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