Too many cats
By Judy Evans
September 14, 2017 2:13am CST
We are coming into the last week of our monster holiday in Ireland and France and are spending a few days with our son and his wife. They have just moved and are renting an old house on a dairy property near Kells in County Westmeath (I think it is Westmeath). They have the use of a field for their seven goats and one sheep which was one of the hurdles they faced when moving – finding somewhere for the animals. Immediately behind the house is a dairy and there are a number of farm cats which are mostly feral. One of the cats has just had seven kittens. My son has approached several rescue agencies about how to address the problem of continual litters of kittens from these cats and now he has started feeding them. He will do this at the same time each day and in a few weeks it is hoped that they will be able to trap the cats. They will be speyed (sterilised) and either returned to the farm or rehomed. And apparently this service will not cost my son anything. What a positive way of addressing the feral cat issue. Does your area have anything similar? The photo is of one of the half-grown cats. This one could easily be tamed.
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The cat in the photo looks a lot like Willy. This is what they do here, they capture the feral cats, they sterilise the cats and then return them to the farms, or the areas, where they live. It's paid with our local taxes, the cats are not harmed, they are safe and we have almost zero new feral cats.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
We have an adopted stray that is the victim of such a catch and release program. Sterilizing a male cat can completely change their personality making it difficult for them to fend for themselves. I understand the thought behind the program, but....
• United Kingdom
I love kitties. I would have to fed them. Probably end up adopting them all. Glad they will be sterilized as female cats can get pregnant from 4 months old I believe. That kitty in the photo is adorable. I have some ham I'd share with it.
• Riga, Latvia
That is an adorable kitty. Yes, here in Riga we have an animal rescue service that picks up strays has them checked and fixed then given to some halfway homes that volunteer to watch them and then people see their photos on the net and can arrange to adopt. That is how we found Sid.