Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 2, 2023 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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