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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014

Dear Editor:

How many cats are too many? While looking out my dining room window, I can frequently count upwards of 25 different cats. And that’s from my dining room window alone. Although I genuinely like cats and as a kid had several of them as pets, I feel that 20+ unvaccinated, feral cats are way too many for one city block, especially for a city block that’s just across the creek bed from the school playground.

I’m told by municipal employees as well as other residents that the city is currently ‘overrun’ with cats. As a result, we are in danger of being besieged by some or all of the dangerous health hazards that could develop from such a situation. Infestations of fleas, ticks, rabies, other diseases, etc. can (and often do) go hand in hand with unchecked animal populations. Personally, I’m just tired of having droves of stray cats (and certain dogs) roaming freely in my yard, using it as their restroom, destroying my shrubs and plantings, multiplying right and left, killing birds as well as fighting and howling outside my windows in the middle of the night.

When a ‘kindhearted’ person decides to feed a stray rather than have it picked up, I feel like he or she is, in effect, assuming personal responsibility for that animal and its care. According to behavioral science, once an animal’s been fed a couple of times it will naturally keep returning to the same spot, expecting to be given more. At that point it has effectively been ‘trained’ to return by the person who fed it. My question is: If you’ve been feeding stray animals, are you also prepared to pay to have all of them vaccinated and possibly spayed or neutered? If not, stop feeding them and call Animal Control to have them properly taken care of.

Robin Clark

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