...or the cat's meow!
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10/10/02 at 10:54am
|I just wish you could see Samoa - he is King of Critter Camp.|
|Laurie -- Thanks for writing. I, too, am in the midst of a learning curve about feral cats. I honestly never gave them much thought until this particular alley cat started causing problems.
I've had cats my whole life (there's one in my lap as I write this--she tries to type every now and then) but domestic cats are quite different from wild ones. The wily old tom we caught yesterday was closer to a wild animal than any pet I've ever kept. He didn't appreciate being trapped,either, but I think his life might be taking a turn for the better--if only he could recognize that.
I've begun to do a little reading about feral cats. The same dynamic that causes coyotes to increase when ranchers try to kill them apparently works where feral cats are concerned. When coyotes are trapped or poisoned, the remaining animals produce larger litters, thereby ensuring the survival of the population. The trap/neuter/release program makes sense insofar as
it recognizes that mere removal of individual cats doesn't address the problem or change anything in the long run. But if no one is feeding the re-released cat, it continues to be a problem by scattering garbage and eating baby birds (I'm a bird person too). Judi said she knows of a woman who might take Osama to a remote farmhouse once he is neutered and pacified. I wish him nothing but a long and happy life, far away from my yard. -- David