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Creek Running North
September 06, 2004
Another wild, nasty, hostile feral cat
We've caught another one. And as you can see, it's really mean.
Our local feral cat person is maxed out on fostered kittens, mostly due to Becky's work a month ago. So we're open to offers of new homes. There are, apparently, five more in this litter.
This summer, we decided to ignore our strongly held beliefs about the evils of re-releasing altered ferals. I've long felt that people who re-release bear similar culpability to the people that released the cats in the first place. I've been known to call the practiice "Trap, Neuter and Abandon" (a line borrowed from PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk - if PETA, of all groups, advocates euthanizing ferals, then there have to be some pretty strong arguments in favor of it.)
But these cats lived on the property of a neighbor who was outraged that we'd dare trap the cats in the first place. We reluctantly decided to re-release two adults, seeing as 1) we needed to reassure our neighbor that we weren't out to "steal" "her" cats, and 2) she'd at least feed them. Two re-released, and a dozen kittens in new homes: seemed like a reasonable compromise at the time.
We went to that neighbor's memorial service two days ago, having sacrificed those two cats so that our neighbor could enjoy a few days of seeing them lurk her driveway. They bought those few days with a lifetime of hunger, cold, and fear - not to mention the price the neighborhood birds and reptiles are paying.
Never again. I'm so sorry. Never again.
Posted by Chris Clarke at September 6, 2004 11:38 AM
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Chris: I'm so sorry you have more of the expletive problem.
We are totally out of foster homes here in Davis too. But looks like you're getting along fine with that fierce creature in your hands.
Seems like it's time for a feral cat piece in Faultline...Posted by: Pica at September 6, 2004 03:15 PM
They've got to have shelter and food to the same level of an outdoor pet, or it just isn't even legal, let alone ethical.
What is happening with her home? I've had good luck contacting the Realtor to make sure the next owner realizes they have resident cats, and taking advantage of the situation to get a shelter in there and set a precedent for the next landowner. Or, worse case, retrap the cats with the Realtor or family's permission while no one is in the house (if it is vacant).
Your current nasty little feral is a real cutie and obviously is lucky to have you.
PeTA is welcome to their view on feral cats, but they can't call themselves an "animal rights" organization if they believe every animal except a feral cat has a right to life. Welfarist, sure. Rights? No.
I work with ferals and do both trap/neuter/return and removal, depending on the situation. You might consider me one of those abandoners (smile) however for two years there have been no kittens after two decades of kittens, on our fast food strip. They are fed daily, just got their boosters and Revolution, and have one shelter for every two cats. Beats what they had, which was nothing.
When adult feral cats can't stay where they are, and there are no other homes, I have them put down. But we don't have a shelter, so I have to arrange it myself. I assure you, when you can't pass it off on an animal shelter, killing is not as easy as some would like to present it.
There aren't any really good answers.Posted by: Caitlin at September 21, 2004 10:41 AM