Hissy Fit Jones here. I don’t post much, but today is National Feral Cat Day, a day that’s near and dear to my heart.
I was born to a feral mama. Jen got my mama and then me fixed through a snip and tip program. Then I got sick, and I showed up hoping Jen would help me. And she did. I’ve lived inside with her ever since.
There are many stray and feral cats in the US. How many? It’s estimated there are 50 million of them. Compare that to the 86.4 million cats that are ‘owned.’ That’s alot of homeless cats!
There are many differing opinions on how to address the feral cat problem. The most common approach is to do nothing. As you can see, it’s not working.
Some people want to just kill the cats, but the general public tends to cry foul when these measures are taken, and rightly so. Killing the current population may reduce their numbers in the short run, but if you don’t take steps to stop the abandonment of pets and failure to spay/neuter ‘owned’ cats, you’ll eventually be right back where you started from.
There are many trap-neuter-return programs in the US. But this piecemeal approach is also not effective.
I personally like the approach recommended by the Humane Society of the US. To find out where they stand on feral cats, check out this short video.
As the video says, trap-neuter-return can be effective when it’s used as a community-wide approach. But that costs money- something many communities aren’t willing to spend on cats.
So what to do? I guess until we convince the majority of Americans that it’s worth the effort to do something, we’ll continue to do nothing.
And that makes me feel very sad.