Advancing feline contraception at Clowder Concepts
From drafting facility plans to implementing a contraceptive study, the well-being of cats at Clowder was always the utmost priority. The cats had a huge area in which to roam. Indoors they could choose to be social on the ground floor or retreat upstairs for some quieter time. They could even snooze on one of the limbs of the two-story cat tree! If they prefered to be outdoors, they had access to a large enclosed space with high predator-proof fencing and many trees and toys to explore.
Staff, interns, and students from the University of Illinois also got creative in providing ball pits, hammocks, tents, positive-reinforcement training, and more for the cats' enrichment. In short, the team implementing the study not only ensured a high-quality study to evaluate the efficacy of a non-surgical contraceptive vaccine, but we also ensured that the cats in our care had an excellent quality of life before moving onto their post-study adoptive homes.
Thank you to the Morris Animal Foundation and John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation for generously funding this study and supporting new ways to humanely manage cat populations.
(Photo credit: Melanie Bachhuber)