Originally Posted by KittKatt
I certainly didn't mean to start a debate when I posted this thread.
I understand the point y'all are trying to make, and as I've already said, I agree to a certain point. I sure don't have any intention of becoming involved in any way of potentially being responsible for hundreds of unwanted cats: I'm trying to help the poor furbabies - not make it worse. But I can't find it in my heart to let any of them go hungry: I'VE
been homeless & hungry before, and I know what it's like. It is not something I would wish on anyone - not even a cat.
I will continue to research what options may be available to us, and do the best with what I find...
Sorry it's turned into a debate - I did take it to the IMO forum where it should be.
That said... I do have a "but"....
....but the problem is the difference between a person being homeless and hungry and a cat being homeless and hungry is that a person isn't driven by instinct to mate with any male she comes into contact with when she's in heat, and a human person can make the informed decision to seek out resources to help, and a human woman usually doesn't have more than one child at a time, and a human woman cannot have more than one birth a year.
As both hissy and I pointed out, if you aren't feeding the cats, then they'll look elsewhere for food - and they may well wind up with someone that is getting them neutered and spayed. If our neighbors were feeding cats and not "speutering" them, they would have multiplied like crazy - whereas, if they weren't feeding them, the cats would probably have found their way to us, and they would have then been speutered. And if the neighbor had called around to several of the local vets, a couple of them would have taken her name and number, contacted us, and we'd have been able to go help.
I didn't know about TNR when the first stray turned up in our yard either. But I learned about it here - and got involved - which is how I've wound up as a TCS Advisor in this forum. And in my first post in this thread, I hope I was successful in my intent, which was to share links to helpful information about the problem of homeless cats, the pet overpopulation problem, and its solution - Trap, Neuter, Release.
The response of wanting to continue to feed cats or feeling it's OK to feed cats without working to sterilize them was what I reacted to.
I'm so sorry to hear about your health.
We've had on-going problems with Gary's health, and it can be devastating.
We, too, know what it is to struggle. Thankfully, before we moved and Gary started having really serious health problems that have devastated us financially, we'd TNR'd all the cats that turned up, adopted out all the kittens, and the adults had either taken off and weren't there to feed anymore, been adopted out as barn cats, or, in the case of one older feral, been adopted to an understanding home. We even funded the start-up of a no-kill shelter (that now has local, State and other private funding in place). Now that we cannot afford to trap, spay or neuter them, we are not putting food out for cats.
As Amy pointed out in the IMO thread, education is the problem. I'm so glad you're learning about TNR now, and I hope we can get you hooked up with someone or a group that can help.