Humane cat population management guidance

Over thousands of years, the relationship between cats and humans has evolved, with an estimated 500 million cats living throughout the world today. The size and make-up of individual cat populations can vary significantly, as can the circumstances and environments in which they are found.

There is no single intervention that will work for all situations where cat populations require some degree of management. An initial assessment and consideration of all relevant factors must be made before designing a programme.

It is essential that a programme is comprehensive and focused on root causes of the roaming cat population, and not solely on treating the symptoms.

Our guidance gives advice on the five stages of a comprehensive cat population management programme and the elements within them.

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