Tonawanda News — I believe that cats should stay indoors partly so they don’t kill wildlife but also for their own safety. If I think about all the possible diseases (feline distemper, FIV, feline leukemia) or the parasites (fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, ringworms) or the potential threats (cars, dogs, rodent poisons, antifreeze) it just seems safer to keep them indoors. If you are considering that they are not “happy” indoors, reference my many articles on enrichment to keep them entertained.
I can say that cats should stay indoors but it is not going to magically fix the estimated 60-100 million cats that currently live outdoors. Many cats are considered feral, meaning they are not sociable towards humans.
In March, Community Cats Alive began servicing all of Western New York with a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return program. It was started to develop communities that protect and improve the lives of cats living outdoors.
The group is volunteer based and operates on donations. The group falls under the umbrella of Buffalo Humane. I spoke with Kelley Casale from Buffalo Humane and one of the founders of Community Cats Alive to find out how the trapping process works.
“When we are contacted, we go out and access the situation. We then secure clinic time. Once we have all of the details, we go out and do a ‘blitz,’ which means we trap all cats from the colony at once.”
She went on to explain, that they do not return the cats from the colony until they are all trapped.
“We pull any kittens under the age of 12 weeks, socialize them and eventually put them up for adoption,” she said.
In addition to being neutered, the cats receive rabies and distemper vaccinations. Currently they are estimating that they are TNVR’ing between 50-100 cats per month.
“People are not educated properly on TNVR and don’t understand it. If we can educate properly and show the effects of a well-run TNVR program, I truly believe much of the controversy would end,” she said.