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Regulation of Free-Roaming Cat (Felis Silvestris Catus) Populations: A Survey of the Literature and its Application to Israel

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Abstract:

Following domestication of the cat about 5000 years ago, it followed man into many areas of the world. The vast resources available in urban environments have led to increasing numbers of free-roaming cats on the streets. The high population density of these cats and, in many cases, the lack of suitable nourishment and veterinary care, is conducive to their poor condition of health. They are frequently perceived as a nuisance to human society. This article surveys the different methods of management of free-roaming cat populations, focusing on the urban environment, and discusses the animal welfare implications and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Keywords: ANIMAL WELFARE; DOMESTIC CAT; ERADICATION; POPULATION CONTROL; STERILISATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-05-01

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