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Treats & Tidbits: Animal groups try to control cat numbers

4:20 PM, May 4, 2013  |  Comments
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About 150 feral cats were spayed or neutered on Saturday as part of a joint effort by Cats Anonymous of Green Bay and Wish Upon a Paw of the Fox Cities.

The two local nonprofit animal welfare groups organized the high-volume clinics to help control the population. Sixty cats were scheduled to be spayed or neutered with help from veterinarians at the Globe University campus in Appleton and another 90 at Oak View Veterinary Hospital in Green Bay.

"One way of illustrating the problem is the estimate that for every one human birth there are 45 kittens born, " said Natalie Nelson, co-director of Wish Upon a Paw. "It's very easy to see why any female cat outdoors who is not spayed is going to produce more kittens than people can realistically deal with."

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they have not been raised as pets. Trap-Neuter-Return programs humanely trap and bring them to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped, in which a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed under anesthesia for identification.

Dog club offers testing on May 22

Nicolet Dog Club is offering Canine Good Citizenship testing at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Green Bay Southwest High School, 1331 Packerland Drive.

Cost is $10 per dog. For more information, call (920) 498-1488.

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