Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
Adapted for Ireland from Alley Cat Allies.
Trap, Neuter Return all community cats in the colony
Include those that only visit sporadically and newcomers as soon as they appear. The cats will not only be neutered, but also vet checked, treated for parasites and eartipped.
Neutering and vaccinating are the best things that can be done for stray and feral cats. They will be healthier and live longer if they are neutered. The females will not be continuously pregnant and nursing and, male cats will not fight for mates or roam in search of females with whom to mate. The number one priority when discovering an individual cat or a colony is to safely and humanely trap them and see that they are vetted.
To learn how to do this read our TNR Manual for Ireland.
Create a plan for potential adoption of socialised cats
Kittens and cats that are friendly to humans can be adopted into homes. Read our Socialised Cat Guide for help with adoptions and kitten socialization and our Feral and Stray Cats - An Important Difference pages to help you determine the level of socialisation.