Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) effectively stabilizes feral cat populations. Under TNR, cats are humanely trapped, neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes. TNR improves feral cats’ lives and ends the breeding cycle, which means no more kittens. It also ends mating behaviors including yowling, fighting, spraying, and roaming.
Colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time. During an 11-year study of TNR at the University of Florida, the number of cats declined by 66% with no new kittens being born after the first four years of operation.
Trap-Neuter-Return takes into account each cat’s level (or degree) of socialization to determine the best environment for them. Feral cats are returned to their outdoor home after being trapped and neutered. Socialized cats and kittens can be adopted into homes.