I was reading a blog post that talked of their dislike for cats, and especially feral cats. They talked as if cat owners had invented this species…and turned them loose to pester those who hated cats. Why blame ALL cat owners for the problem. At least we neuter and spay the cats we come into contact with…and we do it with our own money.
I haven’t gone to a pet store and bought a kitten. I haven’t gone anywhere and gotten a free kitten. How did cats get on this earth anyway? Well, I don’t know…I guess the same way bears, deer & spiders got here.
The cats that have appeared at our door have appeared in the same way as the skunks, raccoons & opossums have, except for one. One kitten was a very tiny sick little kitten that a neighbor found under their porch, and brought it to us. We in turn took it to the vet, nursed it back to health and had it spayed at 5 months. She is our housecat, Jybow…but she is allowed in & out. She is not a prisoner.
Don’t believe everything you read about feral cats…they can become tamed after a time. But that’s never been our intention, to tame the cats that come to our yard though. There are 7 cats and they all have been fixed & vaccinated at our expense. Four remain somewhat feral and three are tamed enough to be allowed indoors. Jybow & HopAlong are the only cats who are truly lap cats, but HopAlong is still somewhat feral. The grandchildren refer to HopAlong as “Catzilla.” Then there is Daisy who doesn’t allow herself to be petted, at all, but will NOT scratch you if you pick her up to give her a few cat kisses.
The cats do what they did before they arrived…they hunt. The only difference is now they CANNOT reproduce. Just because we had them fixed doesn’t make me their owner. They were free when they arrived here and they are still free to go…except for Jybow because Jimmy would go into a depression if something happened to that cat. *LOL*
We have several out-door feeders for any animal which cares to dine here and Jimmy & I often refer to our back yard jokingly as the Garden of Eden…for animals. Our backyard is fenced, so I guess the cats feel somewhat protected from the stray dogs that run loose…Or the dogs who are released, by their owners, after being locked or chained up all day for a romp around the neighborhood. That’s fine with us…we like dogs too. The only reason we don’t have one is because she died in 2004 after 15 years of being a loving pet.
Well, now that I’ve said my piece, I feel better.