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Trap-Neuter-Return Improves Cats’ Lives

Leaders of major humane programs all over America agree that cats live healthier, more peaceful lives after TNR. It helps to stabilize the number of cats in the community and it keeps the cats healthy.

Relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy.
The obvious benefit of Trap-Neuter-Return to the cats is that the females don’t go through cycles of producing more and more kittens. Their health is actually improved.  Spaying and neutering also virtually eliminates the chance of cats developing mammary or testicular tumors.

Mating behaviors cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting.
In a 2002 study, colony caregivers reported that cats tended to roam less after neutering, which is beneficial for their safety and reduces conflict with neighbors.  With decreased competition for mating, the cats are also less likely to suffer injuries. A study of a feral cat colony in London conducted found that cats were more affectionate towards each other after neutering, spending more time in groups and fighting less.

Cats’ physical health improves.
Studies have found that neutering improves feral cats’ coat condition and helps them gain weight. Research at the University of Florida shows that they gain weight and stray less after they’ve been neutered.

Cats are vaccinated against rabies.
The process of Trap-Neuter-Return has an immense benefit for the cats that are involved in these programs. They’re vaccinated, so they’re less susceptible to infectious diseases. Vaccinations given during TNR protect them and help put community members at ease.

Cats live long, healthy lives.
At the conclusion of the 11-year study of the impact of TNR on feral cat colonies at the University of Florida, 83% of the cats in managed TNR colonies had been residing in those colonies for more than six years—indicating a lifespan comparable to the 7.1-year lifespan of pet cats.