A person whom I respect has asked that I start a civil discussion on this blog concerning TNR. Readers of this blog know my stance on Trap, Neuter, and Abandon. But I am willing to discuss this with a person whom I have found to be open minded.
I have promised that she will not be attacked on this blog and it will be informational. Since I control the comments, any comment sent in the spirit of attack will not be posted. I invite my readers to share first hand experiences, studies, and any info that can only further our understanding of a very emotional subject.
Let me begin by saying that my experiences with TNR are negative to the point I will say I would rather see them dead. However, I prefer to see them treated differently, such as being brought in from the cold. I support Trap, Neuter, and Retain. In almost every case of my dealing with a "feral" cat, it has turned out to be just a domestic gone wild, so to speak. I don't feel that there are enough truly feral cats out there to support TNR. And it bothers me to leave them out there when they just need enough to make them into loving house cats again. This is my biggest gripe about Trap, Neuter, and Release.
My friend has ask the impact on birds as a beginning of discussion. My experience has been that I had to stop feeding birds because of the cats in the neighborhood, either owned or whatever, were using my feed stations to kill the birds I invited in. I had an organic backyard for over 10 years and birds were part of the eco system. When I lost the birds, my backyard went to hell. It is not right that I lose my birds, my eco system, all for the love of leaving cats outside. I noticed the decline in the birds. I saw the cats taking the young, therefore no new birds to replace the ones taken. It broke my heart. I saw the difference it made in my yard, my fruit trees, my lawn. I removed all the bird feeders, it didn't help. I had fruit trees and the cats would sit and wait for the birds.
So my first hand experience says it is not fair to me to have cats outside. It probably is the same for many people who try to garden organically, because birds are a big part of doing that. So let the discussion begin.