There's a colony of ferals right outside my back fence. 10 or more of them, with a big white tom. My dog is always barking at them, so they're not one bit scared of her. Today, she got out of the fence and was standing in the middle of about 5 of them. Which is odd, since she lives to chase cats. I called her, but she ignored me (which is also odd), so I went over to see what she was looking at. A dead (very dead, barely recognizeable) white kitten. Not two feet away was a calico (I think, couldn't tell too well). Can I assume there's a disease spreading? Or do kittens normally die often in a feral colony? I don't know how long they had been there, maybe they've been there since winter. What can I do about these cats? I don't have alot of money and this is a pretty rural area, so animal control barely exists and I can assure you they're not going to help. If I neuter the tom, is he still going to "rule", or will another move into his place? I can't afford to neuter/spay and vaccinate all these cats. Should I just leave them be? Or is there something else I can do?
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3/21/04 at 8:39pm