If you live on a calm street with other houses, it’s likely that you’ve seen at least one cat around that area. But that cat is part of millions of cats, feral and stray, roaming the streets. These cats may be suffering in many ways, and we have to help.
Problems of Kitty World
Every cat lover should know that a cat’s biggest problem is the fact that they’re overpopulated. Just in America, millions of people own cats. But the cats living outside outnumber pet cats by more than six. The outside cats might be suffering from different things. Sickness, starvation, and injuries are just the main causes.
Now, I know you’re thinking about how proud you are of yourself because you always feed the feral cats living outside. Sorry about this, but you’re actually making it worse. Yes, by feeding the cats you’re taking out the problem of starvation, but…you’re increasing the number of cats. When you feed the cats they become healthier (which is good), but then start breeding (which is bad). If you’re one of those very busy or just casual people then you’ve probably never thought of TNR. TNR is just an operation made to the cat so it can’t have kittens or, if male, can’t mate. Along with this the cat is given vaccinations and has their ear tip removed to indicate the cat was neutered. By feeding a cat that’s not neutered you’re just giving the cat resources they needs to reproduce. But, now let’s move on!
How to Help
The most obvious thing to do is TNR. But, there are other ways. If you don’t have the time or money to do TNR then you could contact a friend that does. If you can’t (or won’t) do any of those things, then at least do this: If you’ve seen that a cat has had kittens then try to put the kittens in a cat carrier and bring them to an animal shelter so they can eventually get adopted, or so you can adopt them yourself properly. But remember, if the cat is more than 14 weeks than it’s too late and the cat won’t be able to be comfortable around people. That means that the cat will either be killed or end up living in the animal shelter. If the cat had kittens and you want to do TNR, when you bring the cat to the hospital also bring the kittens and then explain the situation. Well, hopefully you decide to do something about the feral cat that’s always gobbling up food everyday and giving birth to kittens.
The Feline Queen ❤️