Co Cork

Fachtna Collins Feral Friendly, diagnosis & treatment, neutering, early-age neutering, eartipping Contact: The Vet Clinic, Bantry, Co Cork; 027 53639   Clare Meade Feral Friendly, diagnosis & treatment, neutering, early-age neutering, eartipping Contact: The Cat Hospital, Barnavara Hill, Glanmire, Cork; 021 482 4601; clare@thecathospital.ie; www.thecathospital.ie   Patrick O’Sullivan Feral Friendly, diagnosis & treatment, neutering, eartipping Contact: Reendesert, Ballylickey, Bantry, […]

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Vasectomy

A surgical procedure in male cats that makes them unable to fertilise a female but does not remove the testicles or alter the typical male cat behaviours. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Trap, remove and kill

A completely different approach from trap, neuter and return. Cats are killed after removal from the colony. This doesn’t solve any problems. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Trap, Test, Vaccinate, Alter, Return, Monitor/Manage (TTVAR-M)

A specific level of care under the general trap, neuter, return approach. ‘Test’ means that cats are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and/or feline immunosuppressive virus (FIV). In many situations where cats are tested, positive cats are not returned to the colony. Testing the component of TTVAR-M which is mostly likely to be omitted. Vaccination, […]

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Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

A general approach to controlling fereal cats that includes sterilisation of the cats and return to their original location. Other health care may or may not be provided and ongoing care, while usually available, may not be present. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Tame

A typical pet who is friendly towards people, especially familiar ones. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Stray Cat

A currently or recently owned cat lost from the home. The owner may be looking for the cat and the cat may or may not be reunited with the owner. Such cats are usually fairly well socialised. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Sterilisation, subsidised

Spay or neuter surgery in which the difference in cost between what the caretaker/owner pays and what the surgery costs the veterinarian is paid for by someone other than the caretaker/owner to make the surgery affordable to a large percentage of the lcoal population, i.e., if the owner/caretaker pays €20 and it costs the veterinarian […]

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Sterilisation, low-cost

Surgery performed at an actual cost low enough to be affordable to a large percentage of the local population, i.e. if a surgery costs the owner/caretaker €35 and it costs the veterinarian €30, then it is a low-cost spay or neuter. Commonly used incorrectly to refer to inexpensive surgeries. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches […]

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Sterilisation

The general term for spaying or neutering animal companions so that they are unable to reproduce. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Spaying

The surgical removal of the female reporductive tract, including the ovaries and the uterus (womb). From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Socialised

An animal who is not afraid of people, particularly in a familiar environment; often used synonymously with ‘tame’. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press Find out more about socialised cats here.

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Neutering

The surgical removal of the testicles in male animals, rendering them sterile. Can also be used to refer to either male or female surgeries. Synonymous with ‘sterilisation’. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Feral Cat

A cat who is too unsocialised to be handled and placed in a typical pet home. The cat may have been born to feral parents or may be a stray or abandoned cat who has become unsocialised. The ‘feralness’ of a cat should never be judged in the first 24 hours of capture as many […]

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Ethics

A branch of philosophy concerned with issues of rightness or fairness and how we should behave toward others. An ‘ethic’ (in the singular) means a set of principles or values that guide an activity; for example, the ethical values that govern how scientific research is conducted with animals would determine a research ethic. From Bekoff, Marc […]

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