Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys


There is a lot of misinformation in the media about feral and stray cats, often also called community cats. Feral cats are descendants of a domesticated cat that have returned to the wild. Feral cats are born in the wild, as opposed to stray cats, who are usually cats who have been lost or abandoned.

Community cats have gotten a bad rep via misguided and uninformed campaigns by wildlife and environmental organizations claiming that these cats are a threat to wildlife. In Alley Cat Rescue’s Guide to Managing Community Cats, Louise Holton debunks myths and misinformation about community cats, makes the case for why TNR (Trap Neuter Return) works, offers guidelines for veterinarians and colony caretakers on how to care for community cats, and shares guidelines for effective adoption programs for cats that can be adopted out or rehomed.

This comprehensive handbook offers solid information for anyone interested in the plight of community cats, and can serve as a reference guide as well as an educational tool. Beautifully designed, the book features four-color photos and is organized with plenty of sub topics so information can be easily located. This book will bring much needed positive change to community cats and the humans who care for them.



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6 Comments on Review: Alley Cat Rescue’s Guide to Managing Community Cats

  1. I too, have been reading about some so-called experts saying that TNR does not work and it only contributes to killing of wildlife (particularly birds). As a cat and a bird lover, I can tell you that simply isn’t true in many cases. In my neighborhood, we have a clan of feral cats that some of us feed. I also feed birds, having as many as four feeders in my yard. If you keep the cats’ bellies full, they won’t bother the birds or other small animals. The only thing I object to in the TNR program is the clipping of ears. I asked an animal control officer if it is true that they would pick up a clipped-ear cat anyway, and he told me they surely would.

  2. all lives should matter….it is sad that some people don’t believe that is true for community cats. we hope this helps to change some minds

  3. Thanks for sharing your review of this book. It’s so unfortunate that a lot of people have negative opinions about community cats. They are just as precious as stray and indoor kitties. I hope this book brings forth positive changes!

    • Thanks for the kind words. You’re exactly right; all cats, no matter if they live indoors or outdoors, deserve the same rights and respect. Humans created their situation so it’s our responsibility to make sure they receive humane care and treatment. Our aim for this book is to bring positive change for these much-maligned cats.

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