Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
In the small town where my husband, Kyle is from, people normally don't have to put an add in, there are sooooooo many cats just breeding in the country.
Kyle's parents live on a little farm outside of the town and their closest neighbor's have about 40 to 80 cats at any given time on their farm. They took one in and got her fixed, but they don't know what to do with the rest.
People just come and dump cats/kittens at their drive because people know around there that the kittens/cats will be dealt with, one way or another....
I was absolutely horrified when I found out what they do to keep the numbers down....old George takes out his gun and shoots them all. Last I heard, he said he shot about 40 cats.
There is no shelter in this small town and no one is willing to become responsible for them. If I lived there I would be doing something about it but since I don't all I can do is rant about it!
You described my dad there(he's just like George). I am very ashamed that I couldn't convince my parents to fix out outdoor cats sooner. Every kitten that got a new home last summer got fixed at their new home(I checked with the vet). We had tons of kittens, in addition to all of the adults. Dad got mad at one cat for pooping in the shop, so he shot it.
His plan was to drown the kittens.
What did dad do growing up when a dog/cat had babies? He drown them.
If the dog killed a chicken, he shot it.
Plain & simple. He doesn't seem to understand that these are living breathing creatures that I love. He gets mad because the money we spent to fix those cats could've been spent to cement the driveway.
Although, whenever there were kittens on the place, they were moved somewhere(by mom or me) where they would be safe. They were given a warm place to live & grow. They got kitten food(the moms did, too) until they were 6 months old. Our cats were always fed as much as they needed & always had fresh water. We never used them to kill mice or anything(they were & are too lazy). They were pets. In nasty winter storms, they got shut in the heated shop(all but the ferals-poor things). There were a few I had euthanized this spring, but only because of health issues. If a stray shows up, we will care for it & take it into the humane society from now on.
Now, our 8 outside cats are fixed, UTD on shots, & we take in stool samples every 3-4 months. I lock them in the garage a lot & let them out when I can watch them. I walk them when I walk the dogs, too.
Sorry that got so long, but I thought our cats had it bad for years. I honestly did not realize that there were some people out there that are so bad. I thought it was awful when the farmers would keep the male kittens(they can neuter them themselves*shudders*) & dump the female kittens. I made mom promise that she would always keep only altered cats on the place, no more kittens. She willingly agreed & I am sure dad will have to agree, too. We fixed one cat without him ever knowing, even.