- The CVMA endorses a One Health approach to the free-roaming cat issue that includes the acknowledgement of the ecological and environmental impacts, and public health risks associated with free-roaming owned, abandoned and feral cats.
- The CVMA recognizes that adopting a One Health approach involves interdisciplinary collaboration with non-veterinary experts in the fields of ecology, public health, and human medicine to ensure the adoption of scientifically rigorous management approaches.
- The CVMA recommends that veterinarians discourage the unsupervised roaming of owned cats due to the health and welfare risks to individual cats, their potential contribution to the stray and feral populations, impacts on wildlife populations, and increased zoonotic public health risk.
- The CVMA supports evidence-based feral cat population management strategies that can effectively achieve declines at a population-level, and over time frames appropriate for the specific population. Managed feral cat colonies should not be located near wildlife areas, nor in areas where they can pose a public health risk. The CVMA prefers and encourages non-lethal alternatives, however it also supports euthanasia by qualified personnel who are trained and have shown competence in the use of veterinary approved euthanasia methods where non-lethal options are ineffective at population attrition or are justifiably impracticable.
- The CVMA supports further research to broaden and strengthen our evidence base on the most effective means to decrease and potentially eliminate the feral cat population.