Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
Adapted for Ireland from Alley Cat Allies.
When caring for a community cat colony and performing Trap Neuter Return, you are likely to encounter cats who are friendly even upon first meeting you.
Stray cats act differently to feral cats - they tend to approach you more readily, vocalize more and may look dishevelled, as if they are not used to living on their own. (Learn more about how to tell the difference between a stray and feral cat.) A stray cat once had a home and is socialised to humans, but has become lost or abandoned. Follow these steps to either return her to her home or find her a new one.