Posts tagged Colony cats
A Closer Look at Community Cats Common Misconceptions and Ways to Help

Through no fault of their own, Colony/Community cats face many challenges: 1)They must endure weather extremes such as cold and snow, heat and rain 2) Community cats face starvation, infection and attacks by other animals 3) Unfortunately, almost half of the kittens born outdoors die from disease, exposure or parasites before their first year 4) Community cats face eradication by humans. Poison, trapping, gassing and steel leg-hold traps are all ways that humans—including some animal control and government agencies—try to kill off community cat populations.
If a community cat survives kittenhood, his average lifespan is less than two years if living on his own. If a cat is lucky enough to be in a colony that has a caretaker, he may reach 10 years. Community cats who live in a managed colony—a colony with a dedicated caretaker who provides spay/neuter services, regular feedings and proper shelter—can live a quite content life.

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David ReedColony cats
Feral cats are not the problem, humans are!

Humans hate to take responsibility for our actions especially when it comes to the fallout of those actions surrounding domesticated companion animals. In the case of feral cats, this is doubly so. Humans domesticated the cat, humans abandon their cats, and humans fail to spay and neuter their cats. And, when a cat is abandoned and not fixed they populate ..amazing I know but true. Then, humans blame the cats for their predicament. It’s the cat’s fault it became domesticated, it’s the cat’s fault it got abandoned, and it’s the cat’s fault she gets pregnant, cos little Johnny Cat just refused to use that kitty condom. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is about as ridiculous as hating cats because they suddenly find themselves abandoned and alone. Abandoned unfixed cats, breed and for some, soon become a “feral cat problem.” Although, personally I don’t see a “feral cat problem” only a “human problem.”

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David ReedColony cats