About Fix Erie
'Sterilize to Stabilize'
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return Improves Cats’ Lives
In every city, including Erie, groups of community cats are present. These cats may not be approachable. When cats are not socialized to humans, the term for these cats is 'feral'. Feral cats have basic instincts to live and thrive outdoors, and do not care to socialize with people, therefore, are not suitable for adoption or intake to shelters.
However, cats are still cats and when they are not spayed or neutered the drive to reproduce is always there. And reproduce they will! An unspayed female cat can give birth to an average of 12 kittens per year. In turn those kittens each reproduce, causing a never ending cycle of more homeless cats. By spaying just ONE female cat, over 2,000 new homeless kitten births can be prevented, stopping the cycle, and allowing the mother cat to live out her life, spayed and vaccinated.
Benefits of TNVR
Trap-Neuter-Return relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy. Spaying and neutering also virtually eliminates the chance of cats developing mammary or testicular tumors.
Mating behaviors cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. With decreased competition for mating, the cats are also less likely to suffer injuries.
Cats’ physical health improves. Studies have found that neutering improves feral cats’ coat condition and helps them gain weight.
Cats are vaccinated against rabies. Although feral cats are healthy, vaccinations given during TNVR protect them even further and help put community members at ease.
The population stabilizes—no new kittens! Once TNVR is in place, the cats will no longer reproduce. The population will stabilize and eventually decline.