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Dear Christopher Cat

My neighbor has been feeding some wild cats in our area, and now there are hoards of them. They fight, yowl and create a stench when they spray my porch. What is the most humane way to get rid of them?

Christopher Responds

You’ll never get rid of them entirely, because Mother Nature will fill any vacuum you create with more feral (wild) cats. But TNR – trap, neuter, return – will get rid of the problems these cats are causing.

The fighting, yowling and spraying come with the territory of unneutered cats. Once they are neutered, these problems will cease.

Ask your local humane organization whether a TNR group is active in your area, and let them know about your colony of cats.

If your area doesn’t have active TNR volunteers, learn how to solve your neighborhood problems by going on-line with the experts.

“Trap-Neuter-Return: Managing Feral Cat Colonies” is an inexpensive on-line course offered by Neighborhood Cats, a respected feral cat control organization based in New York City. Go to www.suite101.com/course.cfm/17484/overview or www.neighborhoodcats.org for information.

Then check out the resources of Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org and Feral Cat Coalition at www.feralcat.com.

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