What is a Community Cat? Community Cat means any free-roaming cat that may be cared for by one or more residents of the immediate area who is / are known or unknown; a community cat may or may not be feral, they can be tame and affectionate as well.
Community cats should be sterilized and ear-tipped through a "TNR" (Trap, Neuter, and Return) program. When a community cat is trapped and sterilization services are arranged through PAWS, the cat is spayed or neutered, given a rabies vaccine, and ear-tipped to show that the cat has been fixed. After recovery, the cat is returned to it's neighborhood.
If you, or someone you know, are feeding a Community Cat please call PAWS and make arrangements to take them in to be spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Kittens as young as 5 - 6 months old are eligible to be spayed / neutered and that is also the time they reach reproductive maturity. Help us to curb unwanted litters by spaying an neutering these free roaming cats. It is important to get both male and female cats fixed. While the females have the kittens, the free-roaming male can father multiple litters in a very short time span. Other benefits of neutering male cats are: Decreased Aggression: The (male) androgen hormones, of which testosterone is the most important, are responsible for the development of many behavioral patterns. Testosterone greatly affects aggression in cats. One of the most important behavioral advantages of castration is that as adults, these neutered cats will tend to be less aggressive toward other cats. Decreased Spraying: Spraying urine is a normal sexual behavior of uncastrated male tomcats. Anyone who has smelled tomcat urine will quickly agree that spraying is a very unwanted behavior. Some unspayed and spayed females, and some castrated males, will spray, but it is much more common in unneutered males.
Why removing cats doesn't work: Removing cats from their established territory only means that other cats will come in from the outside area to fill the void. Other TNR benefits: *Sterilizing cats is cheaper than killing them - saving tax dollars. *Cat population decreases automatically in the colony with no new litters and no new cats moving in. *Vaccination of TNR cats prevents disease *Annoying behaviors like howling, fighting, and marking territory will stop or decrease dramatically.
Ear-tipping: Ear-tipping is the universal sign of a community cat that has been spayed or neutered. While the cat is sedated for the surgery, a quarter of an inch is removed from the tip of the left ear in a straight line cut. The procedure is swift and painless and healing is rapid.
Ear-tipped cats should not be re-trapped unless sick or injured.
This cat was spayed by PAWS in 2012. Her ear-tipped left ear makes it easy to recognize that she has already been sterilized.
PAWS has sterilized, vaccinated, fed, and monitored a colony of community cats in Fredericksburg since 2005, after prior consent from the city council. Community Cats are not an animal problem, but a human problem. Humans need to spay or neuter their pets, especially those that are free to roam outdoors.
Commnity Cat colony in Fredericksburg - monitored by PAWS