Understanding cats with tipped ears in Newport.
TNR is the way we handle stray cats in Newport. What is TNR?
TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, and Return. It has been proven nationwide as a humane way to reduce the cat population. Animal control will set traps, catch cats, and take them to Ohio Alleycat Resource for surgery, vaccines, and an ear tip. They are then released back into the neighborhood they are familiar with. This procedure reduces fighting, breeding, yowling, spraying, and other nuisance behaviors that come with unaltered cats. The cats are also vaccinated for feline diseases and rabies. We have been working hard to control the cat population since August of 2022. You may have noticed cats in your neighborhood or at James Taylor park with tipped ear, this means they are part if the TNR program.
If you feed stray cats, please contact Terri Baker to get your cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped. 859-655-6346
If you don’t want stray cats in your yard, you can use several deterrents. Used coffee grounds and/or citrus peels (such as lemon or orange peels) in your garden will help keep cats away. If possible, set your motion detector sprinkler system low enough that it will be triggered by a cat.
We realize that this is not a quick fix, but it’s a humane one. The other way of dealing with cats is trap and euthanize and that does not work. Campbell county animal services has been doing TNR since 2016 and has seen a reduction in the number of kittens every year. TNR is working in our county.
This information was provided by our Animal Control Officer Terri Baker