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5 Year Summary

A Management Program and Study of the Population Characteristics and Dynamics of Feral Cats on the Texas A&M University Campus.

The goal of the AFCAT program has always been to manage the feral cat population through a trap-test-vaccinate-alter-return-monitor (TTVARM) program. The first 18 months or so was the most active time, with the majority of cats being feral. In years 2 and 3, an increasing number of cats on campus were kittens or tame adults, with relatively few new feral cats caught. In year 3, trapping frequency on campus was reduced to every 2 or 3 months as part of the ongoing maintenance of the campus colonies.

The program has been considered a success with fewer cats trapped or found, a decrease in complaints related to cats on campus and a positive view of the program in general. The following table and graph show the figures for total cats and kittens on campus, including both feral and tame animals.

AFCAT 5 Year Summary (August 1998 - August 2003)

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Coat Length

Value Frequency Percent
DLH 20 9
DMH 27 12
DSH 179 79
Total 226 100

Gender

Value Frequency Percent
Female 114 50
Male 112 49
Total 226 100

Estimated Ages

Value Frequency Percent
Under 3 months 43 19
3 - 6 months 31 14
6 months - 1 year 24 11
1 - 3 years 72 31
Over 3 years 56 25
Total 226 100
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There were 8 cats picked up and adopted directly from campus without testing. There was 1 kitten found dead on campus. There was 1 cat euthanized for a bite incident without testing. One cat tested positive for both FIV and FeLV.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV)

Value Frequency Percent
Negative 204 94
Positive 12 6
Total 226 100

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Value Frequency Percent
Negative 203 94
Positive 13 6
Total 226 100

What Happened to the Cats?

Value Frequency Percent
Adopted 82 36
Euthanized/Died 38 17
Returned to Campus 105 46
Returned to Owner 1 0.4
Total 226 100

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