Community Engagement and the Effectiveness of Free-Roaming Cat Control Techniques: A Systematic Review

Daniela Ramírez Riveros, César González-Lagos

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Abstract

Although free-roaming and feral cat control techniques are often applied in human communities, community engagement is not always considered. A systematic literature review following an update of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA 2020) methodology was conducted to evaluate whether community engagement influences the effectiveness of control techniques, excluding culling, in managing cat populations. The degree of community engagement was estimated based on the number of roles reported during the application of the control technique, which included adoption, trapping, care, and/or education. Education followed by adoption was the determining factor in the decreasing cat populations over time. The limited evaluations of control technique effectiveness, narrow geographical scope, and our simple measure of engagement emphasize the need for more detailed studies. These studies should evaluate the effectiveness of control techniques, while considering community engagement more comprehensively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number492
JournalAnimals
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Felis catus
  • cat management
  • community engagement
  • feral cats
  • free-roaming cats
  • population management

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