As we traveled about in the weeks leading up to the latest spay and neuter event, many of the town folk complained about feral cats.
Most people are either dog people or cat people; sometimes they do not care for animals at all. Our family always had a houseful of animals; cats, dogs, birds, fish, hamsters, our family did not discriminate. I believe that having a pet teaches children about compassion and how to care for something other than themselves. SU and I have chosen deliberately not to have more than Dos Gatos in our home. We adopted them with loving and caring hearts and yes, I guess in some ways they have become substitute children for us. We chose them because we knew that although we wanted pets in our home, dedicating time to the upkeep dogs would not be in our best interest. And I say dogs because we know we’d always want two.
This weekend, we spent time trapping and having the feral community cats spayed or neutered. The weather is good enough year round here that cats do well year round. We found several spots where the cats were thriving and had help from some of the folks in the community who keep them fed. Although many think that cats should be relocated away from the community as you’ll see from the first video, cats play an important role. Feral cats also form communities often with generations of the same family. The best way to keep them under control is not by euthanasia but by sterilization. Their owners have abandoned many of our community cats; that is not the animal’s fault, and because they have been in the wild, most are not adoptable. This weekend we managed to get some kittens, and two will have new homes. The rest were returned to their colonies, sterilized.
After working most of the weekend with the local population of feral cats, I came home and gave Dos Gatos a little extra squeeze…in the campo.
What If All Cats Died Right Now?
Plus one for fun:
Learn to Speak Cat