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Utilization of matrix population models to assess a 3-year single treatment nonsurgical contraception program versus surgical sterilization in feral cat populations

By C. M. Budke, M. R. Slater

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This study constructed matrix population models to explore feral cat population growth for a hypothetical population (a) in the absence of intervention; (b) with a traditional surgical sterilization-based trap, neuter, and return program; and (c) with a single treatment 3-year nonsurgical contraception program. Model outcomes indicated that cessation of population growth would require surgical sterilization for greater than 51% of adult and 51% of juvenile (

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 12
Issue 4
Pages 277-292
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700903163419
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4458, USA.CBudke@cvm.tamu.edu
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  1. Animal ecology
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Birth
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Contraception
  10. Feral animals
  11. Interventions
  12. Mammals
  13. models
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. population growth
  17. sterilization
  18. surgery
  19. utilization
  20. vertebrates
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