Union County Humane Society Trap/Neuter/Return GrantThe Union County Humane Society is currently in a two-year grant to Trap/Neuter/Return community cats in specific areas of Union County. Through a grant from PetSmart Charities and other funding, UCHS spayed/neutered 420 cats in 2014.
How does Trap/Neuter/Return work?
An established cat colony will defend its territory, limiting the addition of new cats to the group. For this reason, leaving spayed and neutered cats in a colony is the best deterrent to population growth. This approach stabilizes the colonies and eliminates many of the problems people find annoying about community cats. Spraying and urine odor abates, mating yowls are eliminated, and fighting is reduced. If you have a concern about community cats within Union County, please contact us to see if there is grant funding available to address the issue.
Cats in Your YardWhether they are community cats, or a neighbor’s cat, there are simple tips to help divert outdoor cats away from certain areas.
CATS ARE GETTING INTO MY TRASH.
Explanation: Cats are scavengers and are looking for food.
Quick Solutions: Place a tight lid on your trashcan. Exposed trash bags will attract wildlife as well.
CATS ARE DIGGING IN MY GARDEN.
Explanation: It is a cat’s natural instinct to dig and deposit in soft or loose soil, moss, mulch, or sand.
Explanation: Cats are territorial and will remain close to their food source.
Explanation: The cats are looking for a dry, warm shelter away from the elements.
Quick Solutions: Physically block or seal the location the cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice once you are certain the cats are not inside. Be sure to search for kittens before confirming that the cats have left-especially during spring and summer, prime kitten season.