Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
Community relations - making yourself available, taking the initiative to communicate, providing first-hand knowledge and expertise on cat behaviour, and following through on your promises - can save cats’ lives.
You may need to communicate with your and your feral friends' neighbours in a friendly and educational way; you may need to work with them to find resolution to issues or concerns; or you may be facing threats to the cats in your colony requiring more assertive responses or even campaigning. Whatever the goals of your interactions, these tools can help you bring about widespread change in your community, and ensure that it continues to be a safe and happy home for both the cats and the neighbours.
Always remember that being friendly and approachable will get you positive results nine times out of ten - while an irritated, angry or aggressive approach will almost always get you the same back. No matter how irritating, ignorant or irrational your protagonist may appear to be, take a deep breath, reign your emotions in and approach each situation calmly, professionally and with good cheer. You - and, more importantly, the cats - will benefit from it every time!
In addition, though you may sometimes feel like killing people, it's probably best not to.
More information coming soon!