Sunday, October 26, 2008

The feral cat question

I just took care of another cat that was causing commotion at Casa Trainwreck.
This time the dogs found it under Karens truck and destroyed the wind dam trying to get to it. I don't know if it was the same one they scratched the chit out of my paint trying for last week or not.

This one was an orange one that's not going to be spreading disease vectors, knocking over trash cans, yowling all night long or spraying my trucks.

It was fast and less painful than becoming prey for a car or larger animal.

What I have a hard time coming to terms with is the "Humane sterilization and release" programs out there because of misguided 'caring'.

Look, they're wild. cats.
Cats that only see human beings as a threat.
They kill birds for fun. They have to Savage for food. When they become ill, they suffer. If they get in a fight or hit by a car, they're injured and suffer- maybe an agonizing death.
They're an invasive species to the ecosystem they live in, and in some parts of the world are an economic hazard because of their habits, like the rabbits in OZ.

Why, when you have them trapped, are you going to waste all that extra hard to come-by money spaying or neutering a wild cat when it's ready for $5 of CO or a $10 shot in the arm? Their ummm...pshykie is already freaking because they're trapped and surrounded by HUGE threatening people that have to gas them to even get near them, then spend a hounded dollars and days letting them heal before releasing them.

To a life of searching for food, shelter and just trying to survive another day?

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