Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Monday, 21 October 2013

Neutering feral cats

Zaunbrecher, K. I.; Smith, R. E. (1993). Neutering of feral cats as an alternative to eradication programs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 203 (3): 449–452.

Traps were set up and baited with commercial cat food near the cats usual feeding and resting area. The captured cats were taken to a holding area. After food was withheld for 12 h, the cats were given an i.m. injection of acepromazine (1 mg) and ketamine (33 mg/kg bwt), and neutered using standard techniques and semiabsorbable synthetic suture material that did not need to be removed at a later date. A multivalent vaccine was given s.c. and a rabies vaccine i.m. After recovery from anaesthesia the cats were given food and water and the males were released at the point of capture 24 h after surgery and the females after a further 24 h. The colony contained 40 cats including 2 males that were not neutered and was monitored at intervals. At 36 months 5 cats had died and 5 had disappeared. The costs of the scheme are discussed.


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