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Most people are well aware of the dangers associated with bites from encounters with animals, such as skunks or raccoons, in the wild. But when that wild animal is disguised as a household tabby, those dangers and common sense are often forgotten. The result could be a feral cat bite and the possibility of rabies.
not be living on the streets. Responsibility for colonies of
feral cats rests with people in the community. Owned cats should
be kept indoors at all times and spayed or neutered to prevent
unwanted births. Cat owners should protect their pets by
obtaining vaccinations against rabies and other feline diseases.
The public's perception that cats can take care of themselves is
not true and needs to be changed.
The relocation of feral cats is
extremely inhumane. Relocation amounts to double abandonment.
These animals were abandoned once in their lives and now they
will be abandoned again.
It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million
homeless cats live in the United States. Many of these cats are
feral cats, the descendants of unaltered tame cats that were
abandoned and have subsequently given birth to kittens that have
never had contact with humans. First generation feral cats
generally are still domesticated and ill-equipped to survive on
their own. These cats do not die of “old age.” They are
poisoned, shot, tortured by people, attacked by other animals,
hit by cars, or they die of exposure, starvation, or highly
contagious fatal diseases, such as
feline AIDS, feline leukemia, and feline infectious peritonitis.
Even easily treatable conditions can be deadly
for cats that cannot be handled and regularly taken to a
veterinarian. Minor cuts or puncture wounds can turn into raging
infections and abscesses. Untreated upper respiratory infections
lead to eyes and noses so caked with mucus that animals can
barely see or breathe. These cats often scratch their ears
bloody, driven crazy by the pain and itching of ear mites and
accompanying infections. Others die of blood loss or anemia from
worms and fleas. They get urinary tract infections, which
frequently lead to blockage in male cats, causing extremely
painful, lingering deaths if not treated.
Many people who encounter feral cats start feeding them, but feeding alone can actually make the situation worse. Feeding feral cats increases their ability to give birth to even more kittens (one female cat may have 3 or 4 litters over the course of one year), who are destined to suffer and die premature deaths. It is essential to get these cats off the streets in order to prevent not only their own suffering, but that of their offspring. Feeding should only be done as a prelude to trapping, to get cats accustomed to eating in a certain place at a certain time.
Page by: Fay Ryan Page last updated: 03/29/2010 12:35 PM