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The One Health concept and approach seeks to optimize the health and well-being of people, other animals and nature where these domains intersect. The debate about how to manage free-roaming cats has often taken an "all or nothing" approach - either leave them alone or kill them. A One Health approach can help us to manage the relationships among cats, people and wildlife by focusing on preventive measures that manage risk while respecting the well-being of individual cats and wildlife.

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This article seeks to take the debate about free-roaming cats out of the realm of pure emotion, which has pitted bird and other wildlife lovers against free-roaming cats. These animals are ubiquitous in nature because resources to manage them have been limited and communities have failed to utilize effective measures to control them. We discuss the health and well-being of free-roaming cats and present a range of measures that can be used to manage their populations effectively if sufficient resources are devoted to these efforts.

Joann Lindenmayer
Tufts University

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This page is a summary of: Applying One Health to Free-Roaming Cats, Society and Animals, July 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10098.
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