Love alone insufficient for managing stray cats

Love alone is not enough to manage stray cats

Wang Rongjiang / brilliance

The severity of some cat lovers is a sight to behold in itself.

When you raise an issue Liulang Mao, or feral cats, a delicacy is needed as this could easily develop into a contentious issue.

Famous for being the only animal that managed to tame man, they have everything: admiration, support and defense when needed.

To some extent, it is reciprocated. Being a cat owner is said to fulfill the need for companionship, reduce stress levels, boost energy, and create positive feelings.

Recently when we broached the topic of feral cats with a veteran cat owner, I received a response that cats are the waifs and strays from time immemorial, so why the fuss about this?

However, in our highly anthropomorphic urban landscape, there is something not properly owned that betrays anomalies and paradoxes.

But trying to do something similar easily goes against cat lovers.

When such an issue becomes emotional, it becomes easily confrontational, embroiled in charges and counter-charges, with a real solution elusive.

Any real solution requires some quiet calculation, and input from all sides.

The severity of some cat lovers is a sight to behold in itself.

For example, part of Yanzhong Greenery on Dagu Road and Shimen Road has long been a haven for stray cats. For years during lunch hours, one can see a young woman, in the company of an old man taking canned cat food, distributing provisions at several designated locations.

When things are ready, a group of cats will appear, the woman will address the absentees with their nicknames, and then the nicknames will appear one by one.

The whole time, the woman was constantly commenting on cat personalities and whims and everything, frankly and forgetful to the small audience gathering around her.

With unconsumed cat food strewn here and there, and in great abundance, the cats in this colony usually show signs of good living, even extravagance, which makes one wonder if it could really be a deterrent to mice.

However, perhaps this green space is ideal for feral cats, given its liberal area, the availability of food supplied, and its distance from the nearest housing.

Pet lovers are as a rule ardent supporters of animal rights, but a quick examination will reveal that pets like cats and dogs register disproportionately in our consciousness, and feature prominently in the daily news.

For example, at the time of writing this article, www.ThePaper.cn, a news portal, reported that a young woman, while driving on a highway, had stopped her car, and crossed to the other side of the highway, only to check out a cat on the side of the highway. The Road. Finding her dead, I climbed over the rail and took the remains into the bush a few meters away. I got a reprimand from the police.

In another report, a man named Hu was scratched by a stray cat in his neighborhood in Fushun, Liaoning Province, on May 31, 2021. He was vaccinated against rabies the next day, and sued the woman who continued to feed the cat for compensation. In a recent final ruling, the feeder was required to pay 70 percent of the medical costs, or 1,400 yuan.

According to a report on CCTV on December 25, every year 40 million people in China suffer from various infections from cats and dogs.

Cat lovers say feral cats keep mice away, although others have been equally vocal in their objections, ranging from hygiene, noise, and biodiversity.

Perhaps unknown to some, cats are very effective predators, attacking a variety of animals and birds, and this is not only feral cats and feral cats, and not only for food purposes.

Domestic cats or feral cats that are regularly fed a healthy diet will kill wildlife for exercise, not food. Scientists estimate that 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals are killed each year by free-roaming cats, which includes domestic cats allowed outside.

Cats have great reproductive potential, with the ability to successfully raise up to 12 offspring in any given year. If not specified, the number will rise to 300 within three years.

Given the reproductive power of cats, the number of feral cats in an environment can deplete the natural resources that must be used to maintain local predators and local prey species.

Given the necessity of finding some kind of solution, the TNR approach represents a positive step towards effective control of the feral cat population.

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