CWS mediator Michelle recently arranged a Trap-Neuter-Release-Management (TNRM) for a private estate in Hua Guan Avenue that had seen a rapid rise in ginger cat population numbers that, left unchecked, would have led to more problems like caterwauling, urine spraying, as well as territorial mating and fighting.
If you don’t already know, cats reproduce very quickly. A female kitten typically reaches sexually maturity between 4 -6 months old. This means that even before it reaches adulthood, a kitten can become pregnant with her first litter. Given the gestational period of a cat is 2 months, a female cat can produce up to 3 litters in one year with an average of 5 kittens per litter. If you do the mathematics, this means that in just 2 years, 1 female cat and her offspring can re-produce a staggering 225 cats. In 7 years, that would lead to a mountain of 420,000 cats. These numbers may seem unimaginable to many of us but it is a reality that can happen if there are unsterilised cats in the community.
CWS advocates TNRM (which is commonly practised by many countries) as the most effective way to humanely control the existing stray cat population because it ensures sustainability through the prevention of unnecessary culling of cats and prevention of unwanted litters. As part of TNRM, cats have their left ear tipped slightly during the operation; a physical marker to show that they have been sterilised.
During a TNRM exercise, which typically happens at night when the cats come out to look food, movement-activated humane traps lined with food as bait are used to trap the cats. The cats are later transferred to carriers where they are taken to the vet for sterilisation the following morning. After the procedure, the cats are left to recuperate for at least 2 days before they are released back to the exact place they were trapped where they are then managed through a responsible feeding programme.
If you spot unsterilised cats in your neighbourhood and would like to do a TNRM, click the following link to find out how you can kickstart the process. https://www.catwelfare.org/start-your-own-trap-and-neuter/
To support our TNRM efforts under mediation, you may like to make a kind donation. Your generous donation will go towards helping to offset trapping and sterilisation costs and will help in keeping Singapore’s stray cat population in check. Please click here to donate >> https://catwelfaresociety.give.asia/charity/catwelfaresociety