Results of uncontrolled breeding:
A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.

NOTE: If stray or homeless cats are being fed by you or someone else, it is important they are at least desexed.  Manawatu Alley Cat Trust will help to trap/catch these cats for desexing and any other veterinary attention.  PLEASE GET IN TOUCH…

A high percentage of kittens born wild are malnourished and die of starvation within the first year of life.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), is a humane practice that tackles undesexed stray and homeless cats at the coal face, and stops the endless cycle of unwanted kittens. It is a humane approach that is recommended in the Draft New Zealand National Cat Management Strategy September 2016 (viewable on the National SPCA website) as the preferred method for managing stray cats in urban environments.  The trapping, neutering and returning of each cat to its territory, with the ongoing support of a caretaker to feed and care for them, not only ensures the welfare of the cat, but also addresses valid neighbourhood concerns about growing cat numbers, toxoplasmosis, yowling, urine marking, and cat fights.

Manawatu Alley Cat Trust believes the Trap and Kill solution used for decades to deal with unwanted cats does not work, with populations quickly rebounding to numbers greater than before.  Euthanasia of healthy cats also causes distress to many people in the community, with an increasing number preferring for these cats to be sterilised and cared for, rather than trapped and killed.  Unsocial cats live healthy, natural lives outdoors, just as cats have done for thousands of years. “Removing them from their outdoor home and into shelters is a death sentence. Their numbers can be controlled in a ‘no kill’ way by using the TNR method.” (from ‘Living Happily Outdoors‘ on the Cat Rescue Christchurch website).

According to Alley Cat Allies, an American national advocacy organisation for the protection and humane treatment of cats, on their website, “For more than a century, the American shelter and animal control system has been relying on catching and killing outdoor cats to control their population. This approach continues to fail, and the number of outdoor cats increases despite the fact that millions of vibrant, healthy outdoor cats are killed each year.” ….”With catch and kill policies, vaccinated and neutered cats are removed from an area. But that only creates a vacuum in the environment, where new cats move in to take advantage of available resources. The new cats breed and the cat population grows. Catch and kill policies aren’t just cruel and ineffective, they go against what the public really wants: humane approaches to cats”.

NOTE: The local SPCA does not usually attend to nor take in feral/unsocialised cats unless they are very sick or injured and can be captured by a member of the public. However please check out the SPCA’s website for good advice on the steps to follow if you have lost or found a cat.  We will post cats that we feel are lost on the Palmerston North SPCA website.

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