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Dec 30, 2015

Is Return to Field recommended for a healthy social cat?

Dear Million Cat Challenge,

Are Return to Field programs primarily for cats deemed feral or too unsocial for adoption? Is RTF recommended for a healthy social cat? – Curious

Dear Curious,

Any cat who is thriving in her environment is a candidate for RTF.

When opportunities for adoption of socialized cats, especially kittens, are available, that is usually a preferred outcome. However, when shelters and rescue groups are full, and lengths of stay become prolonged, leading to crowding, stress, and the risk of shelter-acquired disease, RTF of healthy socialized cats may be a better option for their quality of life.

Dr. Julie Levy