“I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” the famous quote from Sylvester and Tweety Bird. Does that quote ring a bell? Do you see free roaming cats in your neighborhood? Do you think they’re a nuisance? Please take a few minutes to read the following and I am sure you will agree that those felines aren’t so bad after all.
Discovering the truth and love of feral cats
Building and spreading compassion for the cats in your backyard starts with education. Here are 10 thoughts about feral cats to help you understand and grow to love these outdoor colony members.
1. For 10,000 years cats have been living outside in relations to people.
2. Community cats are given vaccines, spayed and neutered which means no more kittens.
3. In urban areas where rodents are a concern, neighborhood cats offer a helpful solution.
4. Leaving cats in neighborhoods saves lives. Community cats brought to shelters are often euthanize because they’re not social and do not make great pets.
5. When you remove cats from an area, you create what is called a vacuum effect. You may temporarily remove what you consider a “nuisance” but more cats eventually move into the “now” available area. Those new cats are not fixed and begin to reproduce. It’s a vicious cycle and not the answer.
6. Community cats have individual personalities. Once you befriend a colony you soon realize each cat has quirks, innuendos, and something to offer in love and character.
7. Wildlife depletion and bird death is not caused by feral cats. Documentation proves that humans are the root of the cause through pollution, habitat loss and urbanization.
8. Neighborhood cats are very adaptable and do well in rural areas to the inner city.
9. Feral cats love to live outside and are happy and healthy.
10. Give yourself a purpose. You can join the movement and make a difference by educating your neighbors about feral cats.
Caretakers of feral cats would agree that these felines are an integral part of the community, and they deserve the respect, compassion and kindness given to your neighbors. The next time you see a stray cat stroll across the street, think about the life they live and extend some compassion.
When you’re passionate and committed, you can do anything. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this article with others. Please share any comments, story, and event ideas with me at Jessie@myepicwriting.com.