I scrolled through the "contact us" section and found Michael Tsai's e-mail. I just mailed this note:
Mr. Tsai: It's a real shame your Vet didn't explain that it is un-neutered males that mark their territory. It seems like you tried to do the right thing by this poor cat (who as you understand well is just playing out his genetic and hormonal coding) but you were sadly misinformed. Now he has vanished into the "nether world," left to impregnate un-spayed females, which will bear unwanted kittens, replicating the problem hundreds (if not thousands) of times over. It is sad that cats are so good at reproducing. An unsterilized female can produce up to seven litters a year, with 5 - 7 kittens per litter.
It is wonderful that you were willing to trap this cat and take it to a shelter. It would have been the right thing to do! There he could have been neutered - which would have helped to calm his "wild" behavior. Who knows? He could have been very adoptable then. Besides - there are many cat-lovers out there who devote themselves to the "difficult" and unloved ones.
There was recently a story in the Amarillo Globe about a savage beast that the journalist named "Osama bin Laden!" After writing the author, I was able to intervene (I live in NJ) and locate someone local to trap the "savage" cat. It turns out that the cat was not only not feral, it was simply a hungry stray. He had already been neutered. Once in a loving caring institution, he became quite tame (I might add immediately).
If this poor soul turns up in your garage again, if you have the means and the will, trapping the cat and having it neutered would certainly change his aggressive territorial behavior. It would definitely save many unwanted kittens from the same unwanted fate.
If you would like more information about trapping or sterilization, and the costs to communities of humane programs versus most existing animal control policies, please feel free to reply to this e-mail.
Laurie D. XXXXXXXX