Originally Posted by Naomih
I hate seeing people be critical of people showing kindness towards animals. Katie, these cats don't belong to the person that posted, so rather than criticise her for what she is doing, why not offer to help her with what perhaps she's not in a position to do on her own. Not every person can afford to desex every stray kitty they show kindness towards, and many cities have no assistance available to street cats. Are you suggesting the apartment building start to starve these kitties because no human ever did the responsible thing and desexed them???????? Or are you saying that this lady shouldn't be kind to them & feed them because she can't also afford to desex them? I don't get it. I think most of us are here because we love cats and I am always saddened to see these sorts of unnecessary attacks.
Originally Posted by keith p
Thank You for speaking for some of us Naomih!
As much as we know that unfixed cats can reproduce, that doesnt mean if we cant get them the operation we should ignore the fact that some are starving and craving attention from humans, and neglect them by letting them starve. Yes if you can get them fixed that great and a big help, and if you dont have 20+ unfixed cats and are already finding them homes thats another way you are helping out to decrease the homeless population.
I myself feed 7 cats, TNR1 told me my only concern was to get them fixed, yeah right! These arent feral, they are friendly strays that are craving human attention, just getting them fixed alone isnt enough, they WANT a home and to be loved. It's important to FIND THEM A HOME and TRY TO GET THEM FIXED.
If they are feral then just focus on getting them fixed and to a vet for shots and stuff, and make sure you have enough food to feed them. (oh and a suitable shelter) If you are wuilling to try and get them socialized with people, even better for both of you!
Anyway sorry for getting offtopic, but I had to get that off my chest.
To both of you, TNR1(Katie) is an Advisor on this site. She is an Advisor because she has many year of experience behind her therefore the knowledge to answer these posts, accurately.
Its very easy to turn this into an emotional debate over whether to feed or "be kind" to the cats or not. The point is that feeding unneutered and unspayed cats only increase to their demise in life. Feeding them is not the solution. Having them neutered/spayed is. When you do not have them neutered/spayed they will multiply and that is a fact
! Then you are now feeding many more cats than the ones you started feeding to begin with.
If you want to be proactive in helping these cats have a decent life, get in the phonebook and start calling around to every shelter and rescue you can. Everyone will not be able to do everything, but pool the resources together and find a solution for these cats first to be neutered/spayed and then help find homes for them.
There is so much more to this story than being kind and feeding a cat. These cats need help and the only ones that can give it to them are humans. Just simply putting food out (although could be viewed as kind) is only setting them up in their life for false security. They will multiply, they will contact diseases, they may even come into danger in many other ways. Cats will fight when they are not neutered/spayed and then continue to spread disease around to each other.
If you really want to be kind to these cats, find the rsources to REALLY help them and get the neutered and spayed!