Learning all about TNR

I mention TNR quite a lot in my articles. That’s because it’s such a simple way to help save the cats. But now I’m gonna dive deeper into this topic.

As you may know, TNR stands for trap-neuter-release. It’s when you trap a cat, you bring it to the vet, the vet makes sure the cat can’t mate, the vet gives the cat it’s vaccines, the vet cuts off the tip of their ear, and the cat gets released back to where it was found. Simple! But what about the specifics, such as when’s the best time to do TNR, or what materials you need. I’ll be covering all of this here.

To begin with, you have to investigate. How many cats are there? A whole colony? Only three or four? This is important because you’ll need to know how many humane cat traps you’ll need. Also, are you sure they’re feral? As around the neighborhood if you’re not certain. If the cats are feral, take a closer look at them and see if the tips of their ears are missing. If this is the case, that mean that they’ve already been through the TNR process and should be released if you catch them.

Once you’re sure you want to do TNR, you’ll have to make some preparations. First, set up an appointment with the clinics you’ll be going to go to have the cats neutered or spayed. Some clinics do the surgery for free if they are aware you’re doing TNR. Keep in mind that once you trap your cats, if the clinic you’re going to isn’t open yet, the cats will need to stay overnight at your house, either put in the bathroom or other extra room you have. Do you have the required space for that? Remember, the more space or rooms you’ll need! If the feral cats stay at your house, don’t enter that room unless you want to check in them and don’t let them out of the cage.

The materials you’ll need in order to trap a feral cat are pretty easy to obtain, you can most likely find them in a pet shop or your local market. To begin with, you will need bait. There are two main types of cat food that have their own pros and cons.

First, there is dry food. Dry food usually come in large quantities, which may be helpful if you want to spay a whole colony of cats. Dry food can also last longer than wet food. But it’s smell isn’t as strong and some cats may find it unappetizing.

The other main food is wet food. Wet food has a very strong smell and you can buy a specific amount of cans or just the whole box. But wet food doesn’t last as long and can sometimes be expensive. You can choose whatever you think is best when trying to trap a feral cat.

The next two things you need are a humane cat trap and a blanket. A humane cat trap is a type of cage that has a door that closes as soon as the pressure plate is stepped on. It’s great for doing TNR. The blanket is used to be draped over the cage so it will calm the cat. The number of humane cat traps, food for cats, and blankets will depend on the number of cats you want to trap.

The last thing you’ll need is tarp. You use the tarp to line the room and cage if the feral cats stay at your house.

TNR is a simple operation yet it includes so many small details. Due to this, I will separate this topic into different parts, so you don’t have to end up reading a whole book. Stay tuned for Part 2!

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The Kitty Adventures: Attack!

The throne room was nothing like Snow had imagined. First of all, it was more of a ballroom than throne room. It was a huge, empty space with a few long, white tables on one side. And there she was, the ‘beloved’ Feline Queen. But something was wrong. She wasn’t a complete cat. She looked more like a mix of a human and a cat. The queen had normal cat ears and tail, but the head and body of a human.

“Th-that’s a human!” Jellybean stuttered. “Yes.” Grey confirmed. “We once had a cat rule us all, until we realized that perhaps cats weren’t fit to lead. Too solitary. Unless you’re a lion, but they can get a bit… rowdy.” The calico giggled. “Rowdy? More like crazy! Do not make them mad. They once tore up a whole planet, just because of an insult.” Grey scowled and padded across the clearing.

“Your Majesty. These are the cats who breached into our territory.” Grey informed her, bowing. The Queen raised her eyebrows. “Are they? Now, what are two little kitties doing on our territory…?”

Snow stepped forward and mimicked Grey’s bow. “Your Majesty, please forgive us. We had just escaped from a horrid, terrible place. It’s full of humans and they treated us very badly. We had no idea what the outside world would be like, and I’m very, very sorry if we barged into your territory.” The Queen chuckled. “I’m starting to like you, little kitty. But sadly you’ll have to stay here for a while, until we find something to do with you.”

Jellybean walked up next to Snow and bowed, too. “Your Majesty…a-are you going to k-kill us…?” She chuckled once again. “Of course not, dear! We might even send you on a little mission soon…we just need to make sure we can trust you before-” Suddenly the floor rumbled. The Queen stood up, alarmed. “We’re under attack!” The calico who had seemed so carefree turned frightened eyes toward Snow and Jellybean. “We need to get you to safety! Quick, follow me!” She dipped her head toward the Queen. “I’ll join the fighting after I hide them, Your Majesty.” Then she beckoned the two sisters. “Come on!” Full of fear, Snow and Jellybean followed her into the darkness of the halls.

What Does “No-Kill” Actually Mean?

If you’ve ever gone to an animal shelter, you probably think you know what a “no-kill” shelter is. But it’s not. Well, at least if you think that “no-kill” shelters mean they don’t kill animals there. Wrong! So what does it actually mean? Let’s find out!

The Asilomar Accords are kinda like a guidebook to animals shelters. They tell you the definitions of terms that have to do with animal shelters. Now, you probably know that in “kill” shelters they euthanize cats that are unhealthy. Most people may think, that’s sad, luckily “no-kill” shelters don’t do that! But how do The Asilomar Accords define the term healthy as? Let’s take a look. According to The Asilomar Accords, the term healthy is described as…”all cats and dogs eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.”

Wow. So so far we know this: “no-kill” shelters also kill kittens under 8 weeks and unfriendly cats, like feral ones. Since many people are unaware, they’d think; oh, I found this feral cat out in the streets, but don’t worry, I brought it to a no-kill shelter! Or they might think; I live in a no-kill city, so they don’t need my help! But that’s not true at all.

What about the term treatable? Does it help the “unhealthy” cats’ situation? Treatable is defined as…”who are likely to become “healthy,” if given medical, foster, behavioral, or other care equivalent typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.

Now that just confirms suspicions about the kittens. Kittens take much more energy to take care of than other pets and do not count as “treatable”. Unless taken in by a foster family, a kitten under 8 weeks wouldn’t last a day in an animal shelter. But it isn’t the shelter’s fault. It just doesn’t have the time and money to take care of the kittens.

All of the animal shelters need YOUR help. Without any foster parents, so many kittens and feral cats could get euthanized. Foster isn’t even that difficult, or complicated. So support your local animal shelter, kill or no-kill.

Inspired by Kitten Lady at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iUjy243-Fs

The Feline Queen ❤️