This cat is a beautiful member of the Have-a-Heart Walvis Bay
He is wearing our official “TNR badge” – the eartip was cut off during the sterilisation surgery by the vet. This is a totally painless procedure (the cat is under anesthesia). This is done to see from far, the cat is sterilised and vaccinated.
TNR means Trap-Neuter-Return and is the only effective and humane solution for managing the number of feral cats. The cat is caught in a life trap and after the sterilisation brought back to the same spot. Here he or she can keep on catching mice and rats, but the number of cats in the group will remain the same, they will not endlessly multiply.
The ear is cut so that it is easy for everyone to see, that this is a mousing cat who will diligently do it’s job while not making babies or noise at night (sterilised cats do not fight or cry at night as their reproduction hormones are low).
Thanks Sonja, for sharing the pictures!