Neutering feral cats not shown to reduce their environmental impact

An interesting if depressing piece of research about feral cats:  the “trap, neuter, and return” policy for neutering and returning feral cats to the wild doesn’t reduce their tendency to roam and hunt widely.  The “return” happens because there are too many feral cats to find homes for, and many are too wild to ever socialize in order to be come pets.

Neutering will keep those cats from reproducing, but as long as there are other fertile cats, the populations will stay just as high.

Santa Clara County has a significant problem with feral cats and with people who set up feeding stations for them, so this issue is something that affects us locally.

-Brian Schmidt

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