2012 Free-roaming, Abandoned, and Feral Cats
The AAFP supports the welfare of all cats, and strongly supports public education and efforts to promote responsible care of unowned, abandoned, and feral cats. The numbers of free-roaming, abandoned and feral cats in the United States are estimated to range from 70 to 100 million.1,2 Ignoring this population has implications for the welfare of the cats themselves, public health, wildlife and ecosystems.
The position statement above contains additional information on:
- Welfare Considerations
- Public Health
- Wildlife Ecology and Ecosystem Disruption
- Positive Efforts Directed at Population Reduction
- Non-Lethal Strategies
- Managed Cat Colonies
- Cooperative Efforts Aimed at Population Reduction
William Ray Folger, DVM, MS, ABVP (Feline)
Karen Lovelace, DVM
Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVA, DECVAA, CVA, MRCVS
Carlye Rose, DVM, ABVP (Canine & Feline), CVA
1 Robertson SJ. A review of feral cat control.J Feline Med Surg 2008; 10: 366?375.
2 Levy JK and Crawford PC. Humane strategies for controlling feral cat populations. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004; 225: