Community Cats are “un-owned” cats that live outside, usually in groups called colonies. A Community Cat Colony exists because there is enough food, water, and shelter to sustain the cats at a location. The Vacuum Effect occurs when Community Cats are removed from their site and more cats move in to utilize the resources. Breeding, fighting, and marking will continue and could even increase if population management is attempted through relocation and/or euthanization.
The best way to manage a Community Cat population is through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). Once cats in a colony are fixed and vaccinated, nuisance behaviors such as marking and fighting are greatly reduced. Both cats and people benefit from the vaccinations the cats receive during the TNR process. Rabies will not be spread by the cats if present in the area and diseases commonly transmitted between cats during breeding and fighting will cease.
Colonies properly maintained through the TNR process perform valuable rodent control and keep new, unfixed/unvaccinated cats from moving in. Beyond territory pest maintenance, Community Cats are true to their name. They help build community between neighbors working together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of not only the cats, but each other.