What is TNR?
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return and it is a nonlethal strategy for controlling the overpopulation of community cats (ferals and strays) and improving the overall quality of life for not only the community cats but for the wildlife and people. TNR involves humanely trapping community cats, getting them spayed or neutered, vaccinating them against rabies, surgically removing the tip of their left ear (eartipping), and then releasing them back to their home.
What is the difference between a stray and a feral?
A stray is a pet that is lost or has been abandoned. Strays are typically domesticated enough to either be returned to their owner or be adopted into a home.
A feral cat is an unsocialized cat who has little to no human contact and is therefore wild. Feral cats often times cannot be socialized and adopted into indoor homes and much prefer to live their lives outside in their territory.
Why are there feral cats?
Without human contact early on in life, kittens of unaltered stray cats will become too frightened and wild to be handled as pets. Since female cats can start reproducing as young as four months of age, the number of cats quickly increases and without human contact, these cats will become feral as well. The number of feral cats will grow quickly and continue to increase without TNR.