ISFM guidelines on population management and welfare of unowned domestic cats (Felis catus)

J Feline Med Surg. 2013 Sep;15(9):811-7. doi: 10.1177/1098612X13500431.


GUIDELINES RATIONALE: Cats are among the most commonly kept domestic pets, and coexist with humans in a variety of different circumstances. Cats are sentient beings and, as such, humans have a responsibility for cat welfare where humans and cats coexist. Because cats reproduce efficiently, measures to control populations are frequently needed, but these should be based on ethical and humane approaches.

Framework: These consensus guidelines from the International Society of Feline Medicine's Welfare Advisory Panel provide a framework for the approach to welfare and population control measures, primarily among unowned cats and those going through a homing programme.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Animal Welfare / standards*
  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / surgery*
  • Cats / psychology
  • Cats / surgery*
  • Consensus
  • Contraception / veterinary*
  • Euthanasia
  • Human-Animal Bond
  • Hysterectomy / veterinary
  • Population Control / methods
  • Population Density
  • Societies / standards
  • Vasectomy / veterinary
  • Veterinary Medicine / standards*