What is a Community Cat?

Community cats are members of the domestic cat species just like pet cats, but their home is outdoors. Community cats typically live in groups called colonies and form strong social bonds with other colony members.

So, you’re seeing cats in your yard…

Like all animals, community cats settle where shelter and food are available. That means their territory is often close to people, where resources are abundant. We understand that not everyone enjoys having cats in their yards, so alongside Trap-Neuter-Return and regular colony care, we hope that these simple tips will help you to coexist with community cats in a humane way.

Trap, Neuter, Return is the humane approach to addressing community cat populations. It saves cats’ lives and is effective in slowly diminishing population numbers. TNR not only stops the breeding cycle, but allows community cats to continue protecting their established territories. TNR allows for peaceful coexistence between cats and humans in a shared environment.

Colonies can be managed by community members who trap and sterilize cats in a specific area. In this program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat has been sterilized), and then returned to their outdoor home.

Learn more about managing community cats

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