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In Cats on May 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love ’em! Anyone who says all cats are alike has never had more than one cat. Our family “owns”  (yeah, right) lots of cats plus we care for a feral colony. I’ll be posting pics and stories about our cats.

This is  Mini, one of four siblings, two boys, two girls. Her mother, Sweetface, brought all four kittens to our home cuz she knew we would feed them.  They came every night. When it became cold in Nov. 2006 Mini jumped into my husband’s lap and he brought her in.

This is Lucky; wish I had a better pic. In 1994 she was found hanging by one leg on a friend’s  farm fence. The leg had to be amputated but Lucky doesn’t know it and gets around on three legs just fine. She is currently 17 and a half years old.

King is Mini’s brother. Both of them are  very fluffy. We call them “fluffikins”.  After Mini demanded to be brought in my husband brought King in the next morning.

This is my sweetheart, Dandy. She’s a tiny cat, grey and white.  Her mother disappeared after we had her fixed. We caught Dandy, who was very young , not with food, but  with a pink neon mouse toy. Like many formally feral cats she has attached herself to one person however she loves cuddling with our other cats.

This is T-Boy and Jesse. T-Boy is the brother to Mini and King. He is the sweetest cat EVER.  He helped Dandy accept humans. Jesse is probably the kitten to Sweetface (before we could catch and have her fixed). She’s a sweetie too but has aligned herself  to one member of our family.

Do you love cats? Then do what you can to ensure  cats have good homes. There is a  difference between stray and feral cats. Stray cats  have had human  contact,  feral cats have had little or no human contact. Feral cats are the result of us humans not spaying  and neutering  our pets. You  can help feral cats by  trapping them, having them fixed, then releasing them to their familiar environment. Please see Ally Cat Allies for more information.

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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