JAVMA study weighs approaches to control of feral cat breeding

08/18/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Performing vasectomies and hysterectomies that let feral cats retain certain behavioral characteristics may prove more effective in controlling feral cat populations than spaying and neutering, according to a study by Tufts University veterinarians reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The researchers created and tracked a virtual population of feral cats for 6,000 days and found that the approach was 10% to 90% more effective, depending on other factors. According to the AVMA, the number of wild-born felines is greater than the population of cats residing with humans.

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