publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Integrating Trap-Neuter-Return Campaigns Into a Social Framework: Developing Long-Term Positive Behavior Change Toward Unowned Cats in Urban Areas

McDonald, JL; Farnworth, M; Clements, J;
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  • Published: 24 Oct 2018 Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science, volume 5 (eissn: 2297-1769, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Country: Italy
Cat management is often discussed in terms of population reduction, with trap-neuter-return (TNR) campaigns commonly organized to manage unowned urban cat populations. However, long-term effectiveness is only possible if positive neutering practises are continued by local residents. Here we discuss how implementing TNR within a wider framework of social engagement has the potential to tackle cat overpopulation and instil long-term positive behaviour change towards them. We demonstrate how community engagement pre-TNR can help establish a baseline of the attitudes, knowledge and behaviour concerning cats. Using a case study, we explore whether this information ca...
free text keywords: Veterinary Science, Original Research, Domestic cat, Felis catus, urban environment, behavior change, neuter, TNR, stray cat, unowned cat, Veterinary medicine, SF600-1100, Public relations, business.industry, business, Community integration, Social engagement, Biology, Overpopulation, Community engagement, Welfare, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Neutering, Perception, Social environment, Immunology
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