CatNews Friday: TNR under attack; high school gets grant for cat dissection project

Feral cats benefit from TNR programs
Feral cats benefit from coming inside out of the cold.

Feral cats benefit from TNR programsTrap, Neuter, Return (TNR) has been controversial since it’s inception – the reason, people want to get rid of cat colonies that are annoying them. Even though TNR reduces the bad cat behavior or yowling, spraying, and fighting Toms, people are too impatient – they want results now. For a balanced article on TNR, check out the following link:

Aiding feral cats: Humane or horrendous?
Kansas City Star
Then, within a couple of days or so, the cats are returned to the wild where they were caught (which might be a spot no wilder than an alley). They’re baaaaack, maybe to the chagrin of neighbors whose complaints may have prompted TNR in the first place.


It’s hard to believe that a high school would offer cat dissection as a way to learn more about human anatomy, but they are. Beaufort, S.C. resident Kate Zalusky launched an online petition last week to ban cat dissections in Beaufort County public schools.

The issue arose after the school received a $500 grant from the Northern Beaufort County Education Foundation to purchase cat cadavers. Opponents claim dissecting cats desensitizes kids and opens the door for cruelty to animals. Proponents claim the cat’s anatomy is similar to a human’s, and it’s a good teaching tool. For more on this story, check out the link below.
**Should students dissect cats? Debate flares in Beaufort
The State
BEAUFORT — A donation to Battery Creek High School for the purchase of cat cadavers has stirred debate about animal dissection in high schools. Beaufort resident Kate Zalusky launched an online petition Tuesday to ban cat dissections in Beaufort …

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Tellington TTouch Method of training and communication, which can modify behavior, in cats, and other animals uses TTouch Method, a circular movement of the fingers and hands over an animal’s body. One movement flows into the next and the touches are done all over the body.

Originally developed by Canadian horse trainer and masseuse Linda Tellington-Jones, the TTouch can improve an animal’s health and mental capacity by non-habitual movement. It has since been used with horses, dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotics to modify behavior problems enhance performance or rehabilitate injuries.

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Tails of Marin: Using touch to deepen bonds between cats, people
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    A heart warming story is found when a couple in their 70’s make a mile loop twice a day, despite their own adversity. They incorporate their daily walks with feeding a number of neighborhood cats. They carry food, water and brushes to groom the cats – many of them long-haired. To read more on this heart warming story, click below.

    A Santa Clara couple’s daily walk is their time to feed local felines
    The Register-Guard
    At one point, another neighbor “took about 40 cats to Portland and had them spayed and neutered and then found homes for all of them,” Diane said. “I kept telling Bella’s owner that she needed to have that cat spayed, and finally she told me she’d had …


    There’s a lot more cat news this week. Check out the following links.

    Hanover looking to curtail stray cats
    Allentown Morning Call
    Supervisors in Hanover Township, Northampton County, will soon tackle the problem of stray cats creating a nuisance in the township. The board Tuesday voted 5-0 to advertise an ordinance that will put cat owners under the same rules governing dog …

    Pig found feeding among feral cats on Indianapolis’ east side gets new home …
    WRTV Indianapolis
    INDIANAPOLIS – A huge pig found feeding among a colony of feral cats on Indianapolis’ east side will soon have a new home. The 300-pound animal, which was found unneutered and still with its tusks, will be taken in by Moonlick Rescue in Plainfield.

    ‘My husband said: “It’s me or the cats” … I chose the cats’: Meet the woman …
    Daily Mail
    Retired Marlene Howes, 67, has spent nearly 50 years breeding and showing cats and has become world-famous for her prize-winning felines. But producing prize-winning cats comes at a price: She spends over £700 every month on her 40 Persian pets

    Why Cats Make Better Stock Pickers Than Dogs
    Money Morning
    The British Observer newspaper’s 2012 stock picking challenge was won by an unusual competitor: a cat called Orlando. When I saw this, I wasn’t surprised. Cats, unlike dogs, have the ideal abilities and temperament for stock selection. The Observer set ..

    Mike Argento: Lost cats can find their way home
    York Daily Record
    Some years ago, a friend of mine had this cat that had become problematic – and by problematic, I mean it was destroying his house and was an opposable thumb away from committing arson, which, you will see, is possible even for a critter that cannot .

    National Geographic
    Every day, little by little, our species is creating new islands. These are not islands in the sea. They are patches of forest, grassland, mountainside, and swamp that encompass what remains of the wild. Unlike islands dotted across the sea, though .

    Pet owners asked to bring dogs, cats inside from freezing weather
    Fox 59
    As temperatures dip below zero, pet owners are being asked to bring their dogs and cats indoors. Several residents in one south side neighborhood complained to Fox59 about seeing two boxers left outdoors for weeks in the 5300 block of Yucatan Drive.

    Tryon to work with Po’ Kitties for free-roaming cats
    Tryon Daily Bulletin
    Following an amendment to the Town of Tryon’s animal control ordinance, council discussed free-roaming cats with the Foothills Humane Society’s Po’ Kitties. Council met Jan. 15 and heard from Po’ Kitties volunteers Dana Mayer and Emmy Summers.

    Pet column: Cats and babies can peacefully coexist
    St. Cloud Times
    There are a few things I know for sure about myself. One of them is that I’m always going to have to have a cat. I’m so sure of this that if there were some reason a cat and a baby couldn’t happily coexist, I’d have to seriously consider never having …

    Video shows how San Antonio program saves cats everyday …
    By Cathy M. Rosenthal
    Typically, when a feral cat was brought into ACS, it would be euthanized. Today, it is sterilized and returned to its colony, reducing both euthanasia and intake at the same time. The remaining cats in the colony or neighborhood are also …

    Chico animal shelter to stop accepting cats Feb. 1
    Such is the message from Tracy Mohr, manager of Chico Animal Services. Starting Feb. 1, the city animal shelter will be changing its policy to no longer accept healthy cats, whether they are owner-surrenders, strays or feral felines. “There has been a ..

    A Cat’s 200-Mile Trek Home Leaves Scientists Guessing
    New York Times (blog)
    “Are you sure it’s the same cat?” wondered John Bradshaw, director of the University of Bristol’s Anthrozoology Institute. In other cases, he has suspected, “the cats are just strays, and the people have got kind of mental justification for expecting …

    Cats mimic their owners’ habits, adapt themselves: Study
    Times of India
    “Our findings underline the high influence of human presence and care on the amount of activity and daily rhythm in cats,” said Giuseppe Piccione and colleagues from the University of Messina’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Researchers studied two ..

    Upcoming Del Mar show is the cat’s meow
    U-T San Diego
    Walter Hutzler, a judge during the San Diego Cat Fanciers’ 2011 Food and Water Bowl XIX at the Del Mar Fairgrounds holds Kaikatsu Cold As Ice, an Oriental shorthair cat, during judging. The 2013 cat show returns to the fairgrounds Feb. 26 and 27. U-T …

    Vermont goes to the dogs (and cats)
    Bennington Banner
    BENNINGTON — Virginia is for lovers, Vegas is for gamblers, and now Vermont is for pet owners. According to a new study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vermont has the highest percentage of pet owners of any state. More than …

    Symposium set Sunday on the subject of cats
    Buffalo News
    Those who are captivated by cats will have an opportunity to learn all about them Sunday, when the Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations holds a symposium on the subject in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The …

    Cats vs. dogs: NH ranks high for feline ownership but low for canines
    Nashua Telegraph
    In a study of cats vs. dogs by the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Hampshire ranked 10th in cat ownership but was in the bottom 10 for dog ownership. However, not all Granite Staters stick to traditional pets. Velvet – Pet of the Week …

    Dozens of dogs, cats rescued from animal hoarding suspects need new homes
    Lansing State Journal
    ANN ARBOR — Investigators rescued dozens of dogs and cats last week from the homes of alleged animal hoarders in Washtenaw County, leaving the local shelter over capacity – and in need of adopters. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said Tanya Hilgendorf

    Multnomah County Animal Services offers adoptable cats at five area retail outlets
    The Troutdale shelter’s new Neighborhood Cat Adoption Partners program allows cat lovers in the city to adopt a cat in their own neighborhood by featuring homeless cats at five locally owned retailers. Cat boarding facility Meowhaus is the newest of …

    45 Dogs, 20 Cats Seized In 2 Hoarding Cases
    CBS Local
    In the first case, investigators found two cats and 45 dogs and puppies living in a confined area at a Milan-area home. The canines were mainly Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Terrier mixes, but it appeared they were fed and in generally good condition.

    Trap-Neuter-Return Helps Reduce Outdoor Cat Population
    Payson Roundup
    Have you noticed more cats in your area lately? Cats typically mate in the winter, which leads to “kitten season” in the spring — a sudden increase in cat populations. Many of these cats in turn end up in animal shelters or worse. New kittens are at …

    Why Can’t People Be More Like Cats? |
    By The Ellen Degeneres Show
    Ellen heard an amazing story about a cat in the news, and she wanted to share it. She also couldn’t help but draw a comparison between our species and theirs.

    What do you think of people helping feral cats? What do you think about TNR programs? Why do you suppose they are so controversial? Please share your thoughts.

    BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.


    1. Hi Bj. My name is Karen and I started Bikini Beach Cat Rescue in Myrtle Beach, SC to begin a low-cost spay/neuter program to start addressing the problem of free-roaming cats in our area. I have read about the NO-Kill Movement and believe that is the best solution to stopping so many animals from being euthanized in our shelters across the US. I am in the beginning stage of starting this program, you can find more information at the No-Kill Advocacy Center. I believe this movemnt will revolutionize the cat problem; it just needs people to begin the process. You can visit my website: or Facebook page for more up-to-date information. I’m actually excited about the future of feral cats, now called community cats. I know it will be a battle, but someone has to speak and step up to the fight on their behalf. Thank you for caring; you are one of many who do!


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