Originally Posted by Cat-tastrophe
That is pretty bad, I'm sorry. It is not wise or humane to keep any cat, much less a feral, in a cage full time for the rest of their lives. I'm discouraged to hear how many people consider cats as just "things" that they can do anything they want to with, having no respect for the poor cat. I am 100% sure that no cat would be happy living that way. As much heartache as you may have to experience in the event of a missing kitty ect, at least they had a good, happy, complete life, and that's all anyone wants, right? Please keep us updated!
I certainly didn't suggest that the cats be kept in a cage the rest of their lives.
I fail to understand how you interpret any of what I posted as "considering cats as just "things" that they can do anything they want to with, having no respect for the poor cat." Chadsgirl is moving, and wanted to know how to help their outdoor kitties adjust to the new territory. Without being confined in SOMETHING - a garage, a barn, a room in a house, a crate - something - for a week or two (2 to 3 is recommended) and getting a routine set, cats just "dropped" into a new territory will seek food, water, and shelter, and they do not automatically know they can get it where they are.
It is RESPONSIBLE to help them adjust to being in a new territory.
As to outdoor enclosures or fenced in yards, I'm not sure I see the problem there either. Too many people with feral colonies have seen too much heartache, and have proven that outdoor feral cats are perfectly happy living in a (large) enclosed area. If they have been neutered, they don't have much in the way of "wanderlust" and because they are not chasing females in heat, do not need as large a territory. Experiences of a number of people on these boards (and other feral colony caretakers) have proven this to be true.
Personally, I find your attitude of "As much heartache as you may have to experience in the event of a missing kitty ect, at least they had a good, happy, complete life, and that's all anyone wants, right?" a totally callous, and, quite frankly, irresponsible statement/outlook. Our very first rescue was a stray that we left outdoors for the first few months we got to know her and worked with her - we were totally new to cats. Once she was a part of our lives, any night she didn't show up was total heartache. How do you know they haven't died some horrible, painful death if they just never come back? Death by poisoning, by Bartonella, by salmonella poisoning, by giardia, by being ripped apart by a coyote, by being drowned by a neighbor who doesn't like cats - by a list that is just to long to list - are all HORRIBLE deaths. How can you be OK with just having a cat "go missing?"
I definitely do not see cats as just "things I can do anything I want with." I think it is very important to be responsible for their complete care, and commitment to their health and well being is, for me, for life.
A truly older feral cat should not be contained in an enclosure perhaps. But I think maybe you are projecting opinions based on human emotions and expectations, not experience?
TCS is here to help people share experiences, and yes, opinions. However I find your condemning attitude uninformed, callous, and irresponsible. Rather than just judge or condemn the ideas presented, perhaps you should continue to participate with a bit more of an open mind, realizing that much of what is recommended here is based on experience, not just opinion - and perhaps, situations you may not yet have had to face?