C. D. Book

Trap Neuter Return: You Can Help Cats

In Cats, People on April 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I know, I know! We  have more important issues to worry about than the plight of feral cats, right?  I believe that those who seek to help those creatures, human or not, less fortunate than themselves are the true heroes in this world.  Feral, or wild cats exist due to the irresponsibility of people who have refused to spay or neuter their cats.  These people let their “pets” roam the outside and produce kittens that will be forced to fight fiercely to survive.

  Many municipalities across the US have chosen to trap and kill feral cats : this is not only a cruel “solution” but doesn’t work at all to rid a community of feral cats. The vacuum left by the killed cats will only be filled by additional cats. The answer is to humanly trap the cats, have them neutered and then release them to their familiar environment.

My family has cared for a colony of feral cats for 6 years. The colony originally contained 25+ cats; we are now down to 5 cats in 2011.  This is typical: no one knows what happens to the cats that have been neutered but you can be assured that those cats will not produce additional kittens that will suffer.

There is a difference between feral and stray cats. Stray cats are acclimated to human contact and are adoptable. Feral cats haven’t had any  human contact: they are not adoptable and should not be brought to shelters or pounds.

Many states have non-profit organizations that will assist you with traps and the neutering. As mentioned our family trapped and neutered 25+ cats: we paid $15 for each cat. That amount is considerably less than the cost to spay or neuter your pet. As humans encroach more and more on the habitat of animals the problem only becomes worse. Humans complain about the feral cats but don’t seem willing to accept that they are the  problem by refusing to neuter their pets and letting them roam. Humans make it the cats’ fault.  If  you believe that you’re wrong.

Visit the website of Alley Cat Allies, a national  non-profit organization working to ” transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.”  You will find information on both stray and feral cats and how to help these animals. At the local level contact your ASPCA or send an email to Alley Cat Allies. You will be put in touch with a local non-profit that can supply the humane traps and neutering service. I know this country is dealing with a lot right now but believe we shouldn’t  forget those in need, whether human or animal.

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copyright 2011 XtraOpinion C.D. Book

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